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Friday, October 30 • 11:30am - 12:10pm
Continuous Testing in a Complex World

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For the last 5 years, I’ve been lucky enough to work on bleeding edge software initiatives using things like microservices, containerisation, cloud-based platforms and CICD to deliver more value more quickly to our customers. 

During this time I’ve had to determine how testers can keep pace and even flourish in these incredibly fast-paced environments while managing the risks associated with highly volatile, complex distributed systems. 

This exciting new world presents an entirely new set of risks and challenges requiring the whole team to engage in designing systems with operability, resiliency and observability from the start.  

We as testers need to unlearn our old ideas about testing and learn to accept that we can’t predict system behaviour and that failure is inevitable. The truth is our job is no longer finished when we deploy to Production it’s just beginning. 

In the face of this reality, we need to focus not just on prevention but increasingly on detection and recovery so that our teams can move quickly and safely with justifiable confidence.  

In this session, I’ll talk about my observability journey and the lessons we’ve learned. I’ll discuss how I’ve used mapping exercises, models and workshops to help development teams embrace reality and build observability into both their software systems and the way they work. This focus on allows teams to understand how our system actually behaves as opposed to how we imagine it behaves.

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Rob Meaney

Head of Testing, Glofox
Rob Meaney is a tester that loves tough testing and software delivery problems. He works with teams to help create products that customers love and know they can rely upon. Although he enjoys learning about software delivery, in general, he’s particularly interested in Quality En... Read More →

Friday October 30, 2020 11:30am - 12:10pm UTC
Room 2