DevOps : Test Alone



As in the movie 'Home Alone', it seems that Dev and Ops have gone on a journey and forgot to take testing/QA with them. We hear big companies tell stories that they have no more testers, all testing is done in production, everything is fully automated by dev, etc. The actual truth lies somewhere in between...

For most DevOps implementations, QA is actually crucial in order to succeed. DevOps, however, has a dramatic impact on the way we do QA! In this session, Bjorn will give you some concrete examples and tips on how QA engineers can leverage some of the DevOps principles for their job. He will also highlight what he believes are the changes required for QA engineers in order to survive in this new world.

In his session, Bjorn will highlight modern practices employed by companies on their devops journey. QA engineers need to know (and understand) these practices and try to get the most out of these in order to support their QA job. Things like static code quality, containerization, canary releases, BlueGreen deployments, micro-services will need different testing approaches and techniques. At the same time, we see that quality is getting more and more important in the devops cycle. This also means that QA engineers will need to shift their capabilities (become more technical) in order to deliver value for the team. We will become more and more a supportive function that needs to enable dev teams to release software faster with more quality.


About Bjorn Boisschot

Solution Architect, CTG

Bjorn is an IT professional with more than 15 years’ experience in quality assurance and how this fits into the software development cycle. He started as a test automation engineer and was quickly bitten by the question of how test automation can deliver the highest value. This has led him on a road to discover the links between development best practices and how QA can leverage these. Bjorn contributed to ‘Experiences of Test Automation”, a book written by Dorothy Graham & Mark Fewster. One of the things he loves most, is to be on stage (with clients or at conferences) and talk about his experiences. He has done so at several testing related congresses such as EuroSTAR, TestCon Moscow, SQA Days Warshaw, ExpoQA, Belgian Testing Days, Micro Focus Discover, Experience Day and many internal CTG events. His session at EuroSTAR 2019 was rated as the second best presentation at the conference.