In the presentation, Ashley will review how Blackboard revived a dead automated test suite and turned it into a gold standard, transforming the way the company thinks about software quality along the way. Topics covered will include:
- QA is taboo! (we are now Engineering Productivity – but what does that mean?) – establishing goals as a department goes beyond ensuring quality. How did Blackboard build the teams needed to insure success?
- Documentation is like pulling teeth, but so very critical – how the documentation that was created laid the groundwork to improve. She will show examples that have helped teams get on the right track.
- Getting the right environment and pieces in place – and slashing execution times (going from our own PD Lab to the world of Mesos).
- Project Guardrails. Feature by feature, risk analysis, defining/redistributing/removing tests, and getting developers to trust the tests. Pairing our team with scrum teams fix their tests.
It wasn’t all fun and games – what were some of the hiccups that you can learn from Blackboard?
Ashley Hunsberger – Test Automation Architect, Blackboard