TestBash 3 Video: Easing the Pain of Legacy Tests – Chris George

Easing the Pain of Legacy Tests – Chris George – TestBash 3 – Software Testing Conference, Brighton 2014 from Software Testing Club on Vimeo.

Legacy Tests – We’ve all got them. They were written at the dawn of time by people who have long since left. They’re unreliable, they add weeks to release cycles, the effort to learn and fix them is thought to be immense… yet we put up with them because they are perceived to be too valuable to lose.

This is the story of how we built a case to fix this problem; how we turned the tests around with the combined effort of testers and developers over a two week sprint; and turned them into a suite of fast and reliable trustworthy tests reducing our release cycle from weeks to hours. In this session I’ll be sharing the lessons we learned the hard way (so you don’t have to!), as well as the techniques and methodologies we used along the way. By the time we’re finished, you’ll be ready to cauterize, triage and heal your legacy test pains with surgical precision.

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