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Automated Testing Roundtable Day 1: Process

Andrew Fray (Engineer, Spry Fox)

Location: Room 214, South Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 20

Time: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

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Topic: Programming, Production & Team Management

Format: Roundtable

Vault Recording: Not Recorded

Audience Level: All

Automated testing provides a team with more stable software at an earlier point in development, allowing easier scheduling and fast iteration. Yet investing in automated testing has a bad reputation in the industry, where "just-ship-it" is the mantra. Maybe, as increased budgets and team sizes make stability even harder, its time has finally come.

Day one's discussion focuses on the people who write the tests and workflows used to reinforce them. How does the process work in your studio? Are the engineers responsible for automated tests, or QA? Are QA silo'd or integrated? What could be better? What doesn't work?

These roundtables bring together people of all experience levels and budgets to discuss how they currently, or would like to, use automated testing of any form. See http://autotestingroundtable.com/ for more details and to join the discord!

Takeaway

Attendees will discover common definitions around automated testing, how other studios are currently using it, what works well, and what doesn't. They will return to their studios and extol the benefits of automated testing, and that it doesn't have to be hard or time consuming to see returns on investment.

Intended Audience

Programmers and technical QA with experience or interest in automated testing. It's ok to not be an expert, all ability levels encouraged.