Talks from Breakpoint 2020
How the best deliver Quality at Speed
The best engineering teams release code hundreds of times a day. Praveen analyzes data from millions of tests to find out how they test, how frequently they test, and more. Learn how these companies test fast to release continuously and how this ties into the larger engineering strategy.
Automating visual testing with Percy
Even the smallest changes in code can lead to visual bugs that are hard to detect, especially in agile teams releasing multiple times a day. Mike explains how you can automate visual testing with Percy to catch visual bugs with every commit, along with best practices for running your first visual test.
Technology constraints drive automation
Microservices and a heterogeneous environment are touted as freedom for developers. But is complete freedom good for innovation and productivity? Lawrence shares how Shopify is opinionated about their technology, how it supports automation efforts, and how this benefits developers.
The URL that will change testing and QA forever
Backends as a service, CI/CD, Jamstack, and serverless infrastructure have an underrated benefit of massively speeding up software testing and QA. Guillermo explains how your next software project can benefit from these techniques to be fast, scalable, and iterated on more frequently.
Build vs. Buy: The enterprise software conundrum
It can be difficult to choose between the flexibility of building home-grown solutions and the speed offered by a tried-and-tested third party option. Abesh discusses the build vs. buy dilemma and various factors to consider before making the final decision.
Transforming testing methodologies: From manual to robust strategies
Millions of people around the world rely on weather.com and wunderground.com for daily updates, so testing is of utmost importance to the team. Todd shares how they evolved from manual (with a little functional automation) to a robust testing strategy utilizing targeted exploratory testing—with faster-automated regression, visual inspection, and more—to support multiple releases a day.
How to win in software development with tighter feedback loops
Engineering organizations crumble under their own weight without proper investments in fast, reliable, modular mechanisms to build and test software. Brian talks about the specific investments you can make to improve velocity on your build and test processes, by focusing on feedback loops—no matter the size or maturity of your organization.
Firefox and the push for simpler Cross-Browser Testing
Whether you already have cross-browser testing in place or are just considering test automation, you are faced with many trade-offs and a fragmented ecosystem of browser automation tools. Maja examines automation support from a browser vendor’s perspective and goes over new developments in Firefox that will lead to a better cross-browser testing experience for all.
Twitter’s Quality Engineering team designed a framework that’s fast, yet flexible, supporting all types of testing, like component-level testing, integration testing, UI testing, data testing, and visual testing. Nupur and Omose explain how they used a decentralized architecture to build an agnostic testing framework that catered to all product needs—while empowering testing at scale.
WebdriverIO: The next-gen Automation Test Framework you should know about
Kevin dives into the benefits of WebdriverIO, why he recommends it as his top choice, how you can set up your automated testing environment, and how you can best utilize the built-in functionalities and flexibilities to extend the framework on your own.
David describes how Webdriver is shifting to a new bi-directional communication model which allows it to evolve and adapt, as well as offer new capabilities to testers. Learn about a new world of possibilities, one where you can maintain your old tests and upgrade them to new features as they become available.
Automating to Augment Testing
Automation isn’t just to enable testing—it can also be wielded to support testing. Once tests pass, they fail when the system changes, but we can automate the change detection work. If we write abstraction layers well, we can reuse them to create ad-hoc tools or ad-hoc scenario execution. In this talk Alan speaks about the different ways in which automation can help us, using case studies and his own experience.
After the audit: Integrating accessibility into the testing process
Accessibility isn’t a one-time project. It’s an ongoing initiative whose continued success is built on ensuring that existing and future features (and products) remain accessible. In this talk, Crystal Preston-Watson will discuss how to integrate accessibility into your testing workflow by focusing on realistic changes, along with techniques and approaches for post-accessibility audits.
How we reconstructed our releases at Trivago
Trivago’s core QA processes and technologies have evolved through well-defined responsibilities, a bigger focus on test automation, and continuous delivery leading to stable releases. Benjamin explains how the Trivago team refined their QA process and overcame technical and adaptive challenges, the role of their end-to-end test automation, and the technologies behind it.
Modern automation approaches
Is it possible to get 100% confidence while releasing multiple times a day? How do you keep up with this speed while assuring quality? Priyanka covers modern automation techniques to concur quality at a record pace, especially for hyper-growth startups that need to innovate at a much faster pace than usual.