Panel Discussion: Automation Stories

17th April 2024
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  • Jenny Bramble's profile
  • Ben Dowen's profile
  • Gunesh Patil's profile
  • Michael Larsen's profile
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Talk Description

During this fantastic discussion, hosted by Ben Dowen, with Jenny Bramble, Michael Larsen and Gunesh Patil, the four automation experts delve into various aspects of test automation, covering topics such as measuring success, responding to criticism, motivating manual testers, approaching automation in legacy systems, the evolution of testing roles, and upskilling in a rapidly changing tech landscape. 

With insightful responses and practical advice, they offer valuable insights for testers navigating the complexities of test automation.

What you’ll learn

By the end of this talk, you'll be able to:

  • Understand the value of test automation beyond bug detection, focusing on system insights and onboarding facilitation
  • Learn strategies for integrating automated testing into legacy monoliths through developer collaboration, incremental improvements, and leveraging existing knowledge within the team
  • Explore the importance of continuous up-skilling and embracing diverse skill sets, leveraging teaching opportunities, and staying adaptable in the face of evolving technology trends
  • Gain insights into building a solid foundation for automation by identifying key dependencies and ensuring a reliable testing environment
  • Understand the importance of risk-based testing approaches in prioritising test automation efforts
Jenny Bramble's profile'

Jenny Bramble

Director of Quality Engineering

Jenny came up through support and DevOps, cutting her teeth on that interesting role that acts as the 'translator' between customer requests from support and the development team. Her love of support and the human side of problems lets her find a sweet spot between empathy for the user and empathy for my team.

She's done testing, support, or human interfacing for most of her career. She finds herself happiest when she's making an impact on other people--whether it's helping find issues in applications, leading scrum, speaking at events, or just grabbing a coffee and chatting.

Ben Dowen's profile'

Ben Dowen

Senior Quality Engineer

Working professionally in Software Testing for over 11 years I've had the pleasure of working on a range of different software. From enterprise infrastructure and virtualization, web and mobile apps, and more than one back-end service. I like to think I understand how software is built and where it lives, and this helps give me confidence when exploring and identifying risks. I believe delivering software is a team sport, that involves strong collaboration between different people who bring their own skills and experience. It's this belief that leads me to focus on collaborative testing techniques, such as pairing and ensemble exploration.
Gunesh Patil's profile'

Gunesh Patil

Senior Tech Lead @ Ushur | Podcast Host @ Liberated Tester

Gunesh helps software testers transform their mindset through insights shared from the interviews on his podcast 'Liberated Tester'. With 12+ years of testing industry experience under his belt, Gunesh currently drives test automation charter at a CX Automation start-up in HSR, Bangalore. With a proven track record of introducing new ways of working; Gunesh is always hunting for new ways of testing, challenging the norms, and pursuing continuous improvement. He is an international speaker at multiple conferences, keen interest in Model Based Testing and always up for a chat!
Michael Larsen's profile'

Michael Larsen

Software Testing Consultant

Software testing consultant, spent 30 years in the corporate world, now venturing into more freelance endeavors, whether I like it or not ;).
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