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Automated Testing Roundtable Day 1: Process

Henry Golding  (SDET Technical Director, Epic Games)

Location: Room 312, South Hall

Date: Wednesday, March 22

Time: 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Pass Type: All Access Pass, Core Pass

Topic: Programming

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.

These roundtables bring together people of all experience levels and budgets to discuss how they use automated testing of any form, or would like to. See for more details and to join our Discord!

Day 1: Process—We discuss the people that write the tests and the 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?

Day 2: Legacy—We talk about introducing automated testing to an organization. Do you have a culture or a codebase that doesn't currently embrace automated testing? Are you having trouble getting people on-board, or maybe it was very easy and you can share why?

Day 3: Implementation—We discuss the many faces of automation, from locally-run functional and unit tests, to server-driven continuous integration, and even external device farms. How do you do automated testing in your team? What works well for you? More interestingly, what didn't work and why?


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

This is for programmers and technical QA with experience or interest in automated testing. It's ok to not be an expert—all ability levels encouraged.