Discover the best automation testing strategies from the world’s top experts

You’ll discover the latest tactics and master test automation in 2020.

Join hundreds of fellow testers and automation engineers at the 4th  annual Automation Guild an online conference and community dedicated 100% to helping YOU succeed with your automation testing efforts. A 3 days online conference you can watch all from the comfort of your home. "An awesome conference! Highly recommended!! If you seek test automation knowledge, this is the one to attend!!", said attendee Mark Herbert

LINEUP (Speakers and Times Subject to Change)

Day 01 - February 3, 2020

Jim Hazen

10:00 am-10:50 am(EST)

Modeling Methods for Automation in Testing - Jim Hazen

One of the biggest issues for Testing is determining where to start when designing and creating the tests themselves. It can become a chicken & the egg dilemma. One way to jump-start the process, and do it earlier in the cycle, is to use modeling techniques. They allow for the visual representation of the functionality, data, logic, and architecture of the software and system. Models can be built as a collaborative process between testers, developers, users, and analysts. This presentation will discuss the different types of models that can be utilized to define tests & scenarios, test data, levels to test at, and how it can aid in the design and construction of automation. The attendee will learn about: 1) Types of Models, both traditional and modern 2) What information the different models can provide 3) How the different models influence automation design and development 4) How the models can be used in a collaborative way, and provide a mechanism to promote "Shift-Left" testing
Eran Kinsbruner

11:00 am-11:50 am(EST)

Keeping your Continuous Test Automation Valuable Continuously - Eran Kinsbruner

When executing test automation at scale and continuously the value tends to decline over time, the team should follow recommended practices to keep their tests with high value.
Jan Molak

12:30 pm-1:20 pm(EST)

Fullstack acceptance testing with Serenity/JS 2.0 - Jan Molak

Learn how Serenity/JS and the Screenplay Pattern can help you break the chains of UI-only automation and write high-quality acceptance tests interacting with any interface of your system.
Larry Goddard

1:30 pm-2:20 pm(EST)

Building a Testing Framework with WebdriverIO - Larry Goddard

In this session, Larry will share why WebDriverIO might be the perfect framework for your 2020 automation testing efforts. You'll discover how to build a test framework with WebDriverIO, along with tips and pitfalls Larry has learned along the way.
Angie Jones

2:30 pm-3:20 pm(EST)

Oxygen IDE: A Breath of Fresh Air - Angie Jones

Did you know there is an open-source IDE specifically for developing test automation code? In this talk, Angie will demonstrate how to write automated tests in the Oxygen IDE - an integrated development environment for recording, developing, and running tests. It enables you to write tests against web and mobile applications as well as web services. It also provides functionality to query databases and interact with the file system.
Rhian Lewis

3:30 pm-4:20 pm(EST)

BlockedChain Applications and How to Test Them - Rhian Lewis

In this session, you'll learn what's blockchain and why you, as a testing professional, should care about it. Watch to find out why this is not a niche topic but how large companies and startup have been working in the past years on real use cases for this technology. After this session, you will understand how to test blockchain applications, the properties that blockchains have that make them different from traditional applications, and what tools to use to test them.
Andrew Knight

4:30 pm-5:20 pm(EST)

How to Start Testing with Python - Andrew Knight

In this session, you'll discover how to get started testing using Python. Andrew will share how to get up and running quickly. Learn how to install pytest, what pytest is, how to write simple unit tests, pytest features, and how to test a REST API. At the end of this session, you'll have the confidence to start using Python in 2020.
Benjamin Johnson Ward
greg paskal
Corina Pip

5:30 pm-6:20 pm(EDT)

Roundtable Day 1 - Ben Johnson Ward, Greg Paskal, Corina Pip

Ask us anything about automation testing.

Day 02 - February 4, 2020

Ali Khalid

10:00 am-10:50 am(EST)

Big data 101 and the Importance of Automation - Ali Khalid

Discover the fundamentals of big data, why is automation important and some design patterns. In this session, you'll learn What makes big data different, What does a sample data pipeline look like, How to test a data pipeline, Why data quality is important and how to manage it and Reference architecture to build an automation framework for data quality checks.
Gaurav Singh

11:00 am-11:50 am(EST)

Contract Testing: Beyond Functional API tests - Gaurav Singh

In today's world, most backend architectures have hundreds if not thousands of microservices (APIs) talking to each other on a regular basis. Keeping track of changes in these API's to identify what is a breaking change before finding it out in a production deployment is essential to business success. In this session discover: What is contract testing, Why contract testing is more beneficial than writing Integration tests, what is a Consumer, Provider and their states, Understand how to implement a basic contract test using popular PACT library with Java, and Best practices while implementing your own contract tests.

12:30 pm-1:20 pm(EST)

Things You Didn't Know You Could Automate - Noemi Ferrera

What's the first word that comes to mind when you think of automation? Is it web? Selenium? Testing? In this session, Noemi is hoping to change your mind after this presentation, show you how automation should actually be a synonym of productivity, speed, fun, and awesomeness. Noemi will show you some cool examples of things that you might be doing day to day manually that could be automated, including texts, phone calls, documents, and other tasks... which she hopes will inspire you and make you more effective while putting a smile in your face.
Sudhrity Mondal

1:30 pm-2:20 pm(EST)

Automation Test Strategy and Design for Agile Teams - Sudhrity Mondal

Software Test Automation has been there in one form or other for decades. Organizations had mixed successes with Test Automation even though few have been immensely successful in automating tests as part of their application development process. The benefits to these organizations have been huge in terms of costs, time to market and quality. Join this session to learn best practices for automated test strategy and design.
João Farias

2:30 pm-3:20 pm(EST)

Grow Your Automation Toolkit: Because when all you have is a hammer... - João Farias

Every day new tools to develop software appear, aimed at simplifying or expanding the capacity of developers. It is no different in the testing area. Traditional tools such as unit test frameworks and end-to-end functional testing tools are now complemented by a myriad of new tools and techniques: Consumer-Driven Contract Testing, Visual Testing, Frontend Testing, Service Testing, etc. In this talk, João will walk through how to refactor end-to-end functional tests, written in Selenium, using tools with more specific goals, such as Pact, SpringBoot Test, Ember Testing, and Percy; explaining the pros and cons of each tool. In the end, you'll be ready to improve our testing strategy using these tools - bringing more value for your companies and more productivity for every engineer involved in a project.
Bijoya Chatterjee

3:30 pm-4:20 pm(EST)

Creating a Pipeline for Success - Bijoya Chatterjee

What does all successful software have in common? What have the bygone days of software updates every six months taught us to do better? How do we power all of our applications across devices at PlayStation without reinventing the wheel, when using a variety of frameworks and technologies? In this session, Bijoya will share experiences from her work on standardizing collaboration mechanisms, mimicking open-source RFC community processes, and creating tools to visualize information such as test coverage and alignment.
Tariq King
Raghav Pal

4:30 pm-5:20 pm(EDT)

Roundtable Day 2 - Guljeet Nagpaul, Tariq King, Raghav Pal

Ask us anything about automation testing.

Day 03 - February 5, 2020

Viktoriia Kuznetcova

10:00 am-10:50 am(EST)

Writing Maintainable Test code with Selenium, Spock and a few sparkles - Viktoriia Kuznetcova

It is well known that Selenium-driven test automation can be fragile. The test code itself can be hard to maintain due to changes in the underlying app, especially as the number of tests grows. Especially when many of those tests are fairly similar in steps, but differ in test data. In this session, Viktoriia will showcase a solution she developed for that: using Spock's structure for writing clear data-driven test code and splitting code into reusable units to drive behavior and test scenarios to implement the logic of testing. She will walk through a problem and the logic of the solution, then do a demo transforming a standard "one test in a file" code to a scalable easy to maintain data-driven test code. Viktoriia will also share the test code on GitHub after the conference. Get ready to discover how to write maintainable and scalable test code; how to use data to drive the behavior of your tests; how to use Spock for multiple-step scenarios.
Michelle Xie

11:00 am-11:50 am(EST)

Automated Testing with Cloud Solutions - Michelle Xie

As an automation developer, our managers always asked these questions to us: -Why automated testing failed? (is automated testing found a bug or it is failed?) - How long will you figure out the issue? - If it is an application under testing issue, then dev needs to take care of it and fix it - If it is an automation issue, we need to take care of it and fix it, then what is the ETA? - Can we release with this issue? - When the automation developer fixes the issue, it occupied the dev time or QA time and if your management team cares about this question or not? My experience is they care more about if the issue will delay the release or not. And there are tons of questions. Michelle has worked in this field for many years and she will share her answers and thoughts. It is not difficult to master the automated testing tools and programming skills but the challenge is in how you communicate with your dev and QA team. They still have a different mind set, but we need to have both.
Rex Jones

12:30 pm-1:20 pm(EST)

TestNG A Powerful Test Framework - Rex Jones II

Should you use JUnit or TestNG for your Java-based automation testing framework? Rex shares some of his favorite features of TestNG and gives hands-on examples on how to use each one. Attend this session to learn how to build a robust test framework utilizing TestNG.
Josh Grant

1:30 pm-2:20 pm(EST)

PyTest: The Awesome Parts - Josh Grant

Attend this session to discover some good patterns and practices with Pytest using the Pytest-Selenium plugin. Josh breaks down what works for Python automation success so you can learn what to avoid with your Python automation.
Satyajit Malugu

2:30 pm-3:20 pm(EST)

Look Inside the Box for Better UI tests - Satyajit Malugu

Traditionally E2E UI tests treat the system under test as an end-user and make actions and assertions that are only visible on the screen. In this practical talk, we will explore various patterns where looking one step beneath the UI box will help create faster and reliable tests. After this talk manipulating cookies, APIs, feature flags can be added to your UI testing toolbox.
Paul Grizzaffi

3:30 pm-4:20 pm(EST)

Taking Care Of Business – The Ugly Part Of Automation - Paul Grizzaffi

Automation is fun, right? Absolutely! You’ve chosen the best tool, you’ve automated your smoke test suite or regression test suite, you get to watch stuff zip around the screen. Now the testers get to spend time doing exploratory testing or whatever else it is that testers do, and your routine testing takes minutes, right? Right? Sadly, that’s an oversimplification and an invoice for a ticket on the SS Fail Boat. Why? Assuredly, unrealistic expectations are a major cause of automation “failure”. There is, however, a major facet of an automation initiative that most teams and organizations miss: the business aspect. Make no mistake, deciding what to and what not to automate, when to automate, and how to automate are all business decisions. Automation decisions, not unlike staffing and product technology decisions, have budget impacts, both positive and negative. We must make business decisions using both business and technology data when creating an automation initiative. Join us as we introduce the high-level business points as they pertain to automation and testing, such as the notions of opportunity cost, the total cost of ownership, and examples of low-hanging automation fruit that are not related to test cases.
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Alan Richardson
Nikolay Advolodkin

4:30 pm-5:20 pm(EDT)

Roundtable Day 3 - Praveen Umanath, Alan Richardson, Nikolay Advolodkin

Ask us anything about automation testing.

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