Deep Dive with AutomationSTAR’s Chris Loder, Janna Loeffler, Gáspár Nagy and Seb Rose

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Welcome to another exciting episode of the TestGuild Automation Podcast! In today's episode we have a fantastic lineup of guests, including Chris Loder, Janna Loeffler, Gáspár Nagy, and Seb Rose. These automation experts bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to the table, making this episode a must-listen for anyone interested in automation. But before we dive in, we have some exciting news to share.

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In this episode, we'll explore the topics our guests will discuss at the conference, including test automation strategies, streamlining CI/CD pipelines, and leadership in automation. Janna Loeffler will give us insights into enhancing the developer and tester experience, while Chris Loder will share his expertise in designing automation frameworks. Gáspár Nagy will delve into behavior-driven development and SpecFlow, and Seb Rose will bring his vast experience with successful and failed projects. So grab your headphones and get ready to level up your automation game with the TestGuild Automation Podcast!

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About Chris Loder

Chris Loder

Chris Loder is the QA Automation Manager at Upland Software with over 20 years of experience in automation. He leads a team designing automation frameworks and frequently speaks at global testing conferences. Currently, he's establishing a Center of Excellence for QA Automation at Upland, championing software quality and sharing his deep expertise in automation.”

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About Janna Loeffler

Janna Loeffler

Janna Loeffler is a Director of Engineering – mParticle has over 15 years of experience in software quality and holds computer engineering and business administration degrees. Her diverse roles in development, testing, QA, and DevOps give her a comprehensive understanding of software engineering. She's contributed to products ranging from industrial controls to theme park attractions, always with a focus on enhancing software quality and efficiency.

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About Gáspár Nagy

Gáspár Nagy

Gáspár Nagy, creator of SpecFlow, is a seasoned software development expert with over 20 years of experience. A regular conference speaker and blogger, he's also the editor of the BDD Addict newsletter and co-authored books on behavior-driven development (BDD). As an independent coach and trainer, Gáspár specializes in helping teams master BDD and SpecFlow.

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About Seb Rose

Seb Rose

Seb Rose has over 40 years in the industry and has as been a consultant, developer, and analyst in the complete development lifecycle. He's worked with giants like IBM and Amazon and has insights from successful and failed projects. Now an independent consultant and trainer, Seb is a regular conference speaker and author, known for the BDD Books series, “The Cucumber for Java Book,” and contributions to “97 Things Every Programmer Should Know”.

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[00:03:46] Joe Colantonio Hey, everyone. Welcome to the Guild.

[00:03:53] Janna Loeffler Hello. Hello.

[00:03:53] Seb Rose Hi.

[00:03:53] Chris Loder Thanks for having us.

[00:03:56] Gáspár Nagy Hi, everyone.

[00:03:57] Joe Colantonio Good to have you all. There had to be the longest in show ever. Before we get into it, I thought we dive into maybe what everyone speaking at the conference. Just to give a little tease why people should attend this event going on November 20th to 21st. So I'll probably pick on you Janna, since it looks like you're the busiest speaker of them all. I believe you're doing a tutorial on test automation strategies, a keynote on streamlining CI/CD pipelines with test automation, and I think you're given a session on leadership. Janna, a little tease may be for each one of those what people will get when they join this event.

[00:04:31] Janna Loeffler Yeah. So I really like the three different talks that I'm doing. The keynote really talks about CI/CD and the developer and tester experience and really how to enhance those because as teams go towards more CI/CD, what they're finding is that their test automation suites get bigger and bigger and bigger, and then their build times take longer and longer. And so it's really about focusing on how to have a good strategy around that to make it a good experience for not only testers but developers as well. And that really actually even plays into my tutorial where start kind of digging deep into that. And what does the test automation strategy really look like when it comes to some of these complex systems? Kind of like you said in my intro, I've tested everything from web applications, mobile applications to ride control, software on cruise ships, a variety of things, a lot of different industries that can be hard to test. So how do you use test automation? How do you come up with a strategy? Where do you even start in some of those goofy situations? And then lastly, I'm also talking about leadership because a lot of what I've attended conferences and talked to other testers, other test automation engineers is they want to get into that team lead role. They want to go up through maybe people management, but they don't know how to get started. They don't know how to manage a team, how to do those effective one on ones, how to set goals, all of that. So it's just kind of a well-rounded package there between the three talks.

[00:06:06] Joe Colantonio Yeah, I love it. Strangely enough, leadership always comes up a lot with the folks that attend The Guild. When they have questions, it tends to involve around leadership. So I think it's an area that needs a lot of education. So I'm so thankful that you're doing this for sure. So people should definitely attend to check that out just for that alone. When we talk a tutorial, how long is the tutorials?

[00:06:25] Janna Loeffler There are three and a half hours.

[00:06:27] Chris Loder 3 hours, three and a half hours.

[00:06:29] Joe Colantonio So, Chris, you are the I guess the one that put this all together, it sounds like. Maybe a little bit how that is done.

[00:06:37] Chris Loder Yeah. So I was lucky to be asked to be the program chair for this year. Last year was the inaugural Automation Star was the first one. It was in Munich. For those of you that were there, it was an awesome, awesome conference and we're getting to do it again this year in Berlin, which is fantastic. So yeah, so as the program chair, we get to go through all the submissions. Myself and my committee, John Kent and Sophie Küster went through all the applications or submissions I guess is a better word, sifted through them, put together a what we like to think is a well-rounded program, everything from beginners to advanced folks to leadership, to some soft skills. All of that's kind of in here. And it's what's great about this one is it's all about automation. And I love the fact that usually we're always tacked on to another conference. We're always tacked onto a testing conference, which I get it. We're automation testing, but it's nice to have one just dedicated for us because it's neat when you're sitting in a room and everybody there has the same problems as you. They have the same headaches, the same solutions, that sort of stuff. So that's kind of neat. So yeah, so we go through all of those, sifted through these wonderful fine folks, sifted through the talk with their tutorials and their talks. And we have a lot of great speakers on the card for this for sure.

[00:07:56] Joe Colantonio It is an excellent up. And once again, people can check it out by going to Testguild.com/star and you'll see all the speakers there as well. Chris, any quick tips for people when they're submitting a paper? Besides, people ask me about leadership. It's always like, how do I become a speaker? How do I get chosen? What makes these things really pop for you? Any quick tips on that?

[00:08:15] Chris Loder Be thorough, but not too thorough.

[00:08:18] Joe Colantonio All right.

[00:08:19] Chris Loder I know, because I have to be honest. We saw everything from some submissions had four whole lines to them. You want to convey what it is people are going to get from your talk. What are they going to walk away from? Also helps to say what problem you're trying to solve or you have solved. And look and see what else is out there. Make sure you're not stepping on, you're trying to do the exact same thing that somebody else has already done 20 times or 50 times. But yeah, and well worded. Take the time. Check your grammar. Believe it or not, check your grammar and have it all makes sense and be cohesive which is another big thing. Start with the problem you're trying to solve. Talk about what you're going to do in your talk, how you're going to hopefully come about that, and then what people are going to walk away. Those key things are important.

[00:09:12] Janna Loeffler Another big thing is if you are going to talk about something that people have already talked about, put your unique spin on it. Point out why is it different than another talk that you've heard and what makes it special to you.

[00:09:26] Joe Colantonio Great advice. Awesome. So, Gáspár, obviously, you've written a proposal that really popped up, ramping up testing solutions and test automation patterns. This is probably an area I think a lot of people miss out on these patterns. So maybe you could talk a little bit about your session?

[00:09:40] Gáspár Nagy Yeah. So actually, our workshop and the session is somehow related to each other, but my background is in software development and now I'm quite much in the testing space and I think test automation is quite a good mix of that. So I can really enjoy both of my kinds of sites. And I learned about patterns and when I was working as a sort of developer and that when I was getting into the automation space, I was somehow missing that kind of guidance that we had for software developers. And of course, there are some partners available, but those kinds of things that every developer knows kind of those doesn't exist. And so I started to talk to other people how and what kind of other things they are doing. And now I was always trying to figure out what kind of partners would work in testing, how much they are different from the partners that we use in software development. And basically, it was a long time wished to make something out of that. And when I talked about this topic with Seb, I was very quickly got caught by that. And so we started to work together on that. And basically, in the talk, I would like to talk a little bit about the importance of the patterns. What is it a pattern for a testing team, for test automation team and how to figure out what kind of patterns might be useful to focus on and extract from your existing code base what kind of benefits you might get from that and how that would work. So that's basically what the talk covering so generally about how cool testing partners are. So that's what testing automation patterns are.

[00:11:17] Joe Colantonio Awesome and as Gáspár mentioned, Seb, you're doing a joint tutorial on exploring BDD automation patterns. Maybe a little tease. Like any automation patterns of BDD you think people definitely should know. And to learn really more about it, they should definitely check out your session at Auto Star.

[00:11:33] Seb Rose Yeah. So. Well, Gaspar and I have written two books already in the BDD Books series. The first one was on Discovery, second one's on formulation, and there's no surprise that the third one is going to be on automation, and it's going to be a crowdsourced book of patterns from not just from Gáspár and myself, but from other BDD practitioners. And this is sort of, I guess what we're going to be doing is trial running some of the patterns that we've already mined from the community, ones that we've identified and I guess is a teaser. And as a tease because we haven't finally decided which ones we're going to put in yet. But because we have too many, we've got 50 patterns to choose from. We're going to do two or three maybe at the workshop. But for instance, a lot of people have problems writing scenarios in Gherken that are less than 50 lines long, shall we say. And the goal of the Gherkin scenario we expect them to be brief and we expect them to be five lines or fewer. And many, many people have problems. They go, But there's so much more that I need to say in this scenario to get it to the point where we can actually run anything. I'm pretty sure we'll be showing a pattern that shows the general way of working to get to condense complicated things into a single line, but a single meaningful line that conveys the information without swamping people in the details. I mean, I guess one of the things you should point out by patterns, we don't know who's listening to this podcast, do we?Patterns are not best practices, patterns are approaches or techniques that are applicable in some context and have some ramifications when you apply them. So there are preconditions about before you can apply them or use them for each pattern. And then there are considerations you should have about the resulting context once you have applied them. So they're more complicated than a best practice because best practices don't really exist.

[00:13:45] Chris Loder That's a can of worms you could open, Seb.

[00:13:47] Joe Colantonio Yeah, for sure.

[00:13:48] Janna Loeffler I like it.

[00:13:49] Joe Colantonio Yeah, for sure. So I'm always curious to get people's opinions as well as not only as these are some sessions and we talked a little bit what speakers can do to make a good session. But what can attendees do? You've all spoken at conferences all over the world, and sometimes it's a good investment to send someone to a conference. Are there any suggestions you give to an attendee? What they can do to maybe get the most of an actual on-site conference? I don't know if anyone has any strong opinions to kick this off.

[00:14:17] Seb Rose Yeah, I have a strong opinion.

[00:14:18] Joe Colantonio Okay.

[00:14:21] Seb Rose Don't just read the title, okay? Read the talk description because you might end up going somewhere where you either you know it already or you don't want to know it at all. So don't just go in the title. And the other thing I would suggest is don't just go to places where you've already know everything that to learn. So push yourself a bit, go out of the envelope, go to things that you wouldn't normally learn about.

[00:14:48] Chris Loder And I'd like to piggyback on that because it's one of the things I tell people when I'm talking is if my talk is not for you, it's not resonating with you in those first. If I don't have in the first 5 to 10 minutes, I will not be offended if you get up and go to another session. I want you to get the most out of. You've spent a lot of money to come hear people talk and I want you to get the most out of it. So I will not be offended if my talk is not what you need or what you're looking for today. Go to Janna's. Go to Seb's. Go to Gáspár's. Go to somebody that you think will give you a little bit more that day or that particular session.

[00:15:20] Joe Colantonio I have thin skin. That's why I don't speak. But Janna?

[00:15:24] Janna Loeffler I have thin skin too. So I tell people, I mean, I literally start out every presentation saying, we're all adults in the room. We need to use the bathroom, we need to take phone calls. We have meetings. So if you get up, if you have to do this, just get up. Excuse yourself. It's okay. Because that way, too, if you're leaving because you don't like my talk, I just think you're going to the bathroom.

[00:15:45] Joe Colantonio So I like that.

[00:15:48] Gáspár Nagy With that when I've started going to conferences, the first thing that I learned is that especially the best if you are going alone. But if you are going with colleagues, try to just act like you wouldn't even know each other to go to different sessions. Don't stick together all the time because if you are in the group, it's much harder to meet other people. And at least for me, in every conference, talking to other people is almost just as much value that I get than what I get from the talks. Sometimes the talks are just good for discussion starters. Maybe you hear something, you want to discuss it with someone. Of course, you can come to the speakers and we also generally happy to have some afterward conversation, but talking with the other attendees is also very valuable and therefore you have to force yourself to step out of your comfort zone and just meet someone. That's why we are serving coffee. I think that you just can just ask. You need to ask that. Can I just sit next to you or whatever? Stand next to you? That's the conversation starter. But just don't stop here.

[00:16:50] Chris Loder And we do have a lot of networking breaks at the conference as well. Lunches, coffee breaks. Another big thing to remember about conferences bring an appetite. There's always usually lots of food and good food at conferences, so don't forget that. But there's a lot of chest and network. And that's how I met Janna many, many years ago. And just talk to people.

[00:17:14] Gáspár Nagy Yeah, this is also how I met Seb. I think so. I think we met in conferences.

[00:17:18] Joe Colantonio Oh, really? Cool.

[00:17:20] Janna Loeffler Yeah, I have a couple of friends that I made at conferences and eight, nine years later, we're still friends. We still run into each other at conferences, things like that. I think the big thing to remember, too, is that speakers are people too. So I've got conferences where people have been afraid to go up to speakers because like, oh my goodness, there's like this aura or thing around being a speaker. No, we're people, we like to have conversations, We don't know everything, but we're a good way to help network you for people who may know what we don't know. I always encourage people to go up to speakers and to go up to other people because even if they can't answer your question, usually somebody in the conference can. And that's kind of how you figure it out and get your questions answered.

[00:18:05] Chris Loder And speaking of questions, don't be afraid to raise your hand and ask a question.

[00:18:09] Joe Colantonio Great point. Love it. So I think you're also all doing tutorials. I think that's another thing sometimes we'll chip on. I don't know if it's because I'm older. Like I used to go to tutorials and people have a computer. They couldn't get anything installed. I know nowadays with Tainer everything made it easier. Like, is there anything people need to do to prepare for a tutorial to make sure that you're not waiting for someone to catch up, getting their machine ready to do whatever you're trying to teach them?

[00:18:32] Chris Loder Read the instructions and follow them. I'm not giving this tutorial now, but I have another tutorial where I want people through building a framework. And yes, I guarantee one or two people always show up with nothing and stuff. Be ready to start because it only helps you when you're there and it just doesn't derail you or your chance to learn because you're spending your time installing the IDE or installing the drivers or whatever.

[00:18:55] Gáspár Nagy Yeah. On the other hand, I think we all have seen that and we are all somewhat prepared on prepared for unprepared people. So don't worry if you're I mean, if it happened because your machine was just broken down and you had to replace it in the morning before or so, maybe you wanted to follow the instructions, but you couldn't just pair up with someone. So in many cases, it doesn't really matter who is actually typing. If you are doing that together, it's almost the same or maybe even better learning experience at the end. So if I would jump in with this situation too, especially for a three-hour tutorial, I wouldn't waste my time on these totally. I would just pair up with someone and enjoy the session like that.

[00:19:36] Joe Colantonio Great. Also, I don't mean to put you on the spot here, but this just popped in my head. Usually, when I go to if I'm speaking out, which I really do, if I speak at a conference, I usually go just to hear other speakers. I don't know if any of you had a chance to look at the lineup yourself. Any other sessions or speakers you're excited to see that maybe we could help highlight as well?

[00:19:54] Gáspár Nagy I did. And it's hard.

[00:20:00] Janna Loeffler I was happy that I got to do a tutorial, but I was also really sad because I was signed up for Gáspár and Seb's tutorial.

[00:20:10] Chris Loder That is the drawback sometimes. As a speaker, we don't get to go because Janna has delivered several that I'd love to have gone to attend in the past and never been able to because I'm always doing my own right. That is one of the drawbacks of being a speaker, is you miss out on some of the conference because you're doing the talking. I would love to be in Janna's tutorial and I'd love to be in Seb's and Gáspár's tutorial, but I have to deliver my own.

[00:20:34] Janna Loeffler I know Andy Knight is doing a tutorial and his tutorials are always really good. Is he doing a talk to Chris?

[00:20:42] Chris Loder Yes, he does. Yes, he's doing a tutorial on Playwright getting started, which is kind of neat. It's hard to pull some people out and say, once they have me excited because they all have me excited. I really cannot wait for this conference because it's going to be so much good content here. We have great keynotes. All the keynotes are spectacular. The one, Ryan Volker. I met Ryan in 2018 at Eurostar. He came to my talk, I went to his talk. We just kind of hit it off and have somewhat stayed in touch over the past few years. And when I became program chair and I know that Ryan's a great speaker, I reached out and asked if he had anything he'd like to share, and I'm really looking forward to his keynote with Bastian on their automation journey, because I know that in 2018 he was just getting started on that journey when we met at Eurostar. So I'm really looking forward to that.

[00:21:42] Janna Loeffler But no offense to Seb and Gáspár too, I tend to go to talks with people who don't have blogs or don't have books because I want to get to know them and kind of get a better idea of who they are. And sometimes I feel like, well, if I can read the book or the blog. So sometimes getting those new speakers or those new perspectives are fun.

[00:22:06] Gáspár Nagy We will revoke it the right way. So you have the chance to buy the lost copies maybe.

[00:22:14] Joe Colantonio So, Chris, I guess that also goes to planning. Is this a single-track session or is it multi-tracks? And how do you plan to make sure that there is an overlap where people have to choose, like, I want to learn about BDD, so there are three sessions going on at the same time. I assume it takes a lot of planning to make sure there are no conflicts like that.

[00:22:29] Chris Loder It did. We had a big giant board where we moved people so that we didn't have too many conflicts. We are multi-track, I believe, on I think it depends. We have four tutorials, I believe.

[00:22:44] Seb Rose Five.

[00:22:45] Janna Loeffler Five now.

[00:22:46] Chris Loder Five now. That's right. Janna has been added. And then I think we have three sessions Monday morning, there's five Monday afternoon. But yeah, so there is a lot for everybody. But it took a lot of well, we can't have these guys talking about the same thing at the same time or this is very close to this one. Someone who wants to go, this one may want to go to that one as well. So but John and Sophie and myself and the wonderful ladies at the EuroStar conferences there helped us put it together. And I think this should be enough for everybody in every time slot, there should be something that everybody wants to go to. If you want BDD, it's there, if you want to go talk about AI, its another one. So there's all that kind of stuff. It's actually fun.

[00:23:27] Joe Colantonio Do you know how many sessions speakers are in total, Chris?

[00:23:30] Chris Loder That's a darn good question, but I can count them because I actually have the thing open for me. Like I said, we've got five tutorials, three keynotes, eight talks on day one and another eleven on day two. And then we also have something called lightning talks. So we'll have five speakers. I'll get 5 minutes to a little bit of a little lightning keynote. Those are always fun. We only give people 5 minutes to get a point across. It's always fun to see, see what they come up with in those 5 minutes.

[00:24:02] Gáspár Nagy Especially for automation. This is quite challenging.

[00:24:05] Joe Colantonio Yeah, for sure. So I thought you go around the room. I usually end a podcast by telling Give me one piece of actual advice you can help someone with their automation testing efforts. Maybe we'll mix it up. Give me one piece of actual advice you think someone will walk away from your session that you think is worth attending to that alone. So I'll go in order for where I'm seeing people like Gaspar.

[00:24:27] Gáspár Nagy Okay. So yeah, my advice would be just get your development body, sit together, go through your automation code, and find a few partners that you would like to reuse. And maybe have a proper solution, the proper way of handling for that.

[00:24:44] Chris Loder For me, my tutorials about building an automation framework, so something to take away would be make it maintainable. I talked about different ways of making it maintainable because if it can't be maintained it's going to die on the vine. Like many, many frameworks have before. So you'll come away with some ideas on how to make your framework more maintainable.

[00:25:06] Janna Loeffler I would say test automation is not just about code, it's about experiences and it's the tester experience and the developer experience. So really learning how to use test automation to enhance those experiences and make coding fun for people.

[00:25:23] Seb Rose Well, I guess I'm going to say we're going to deliver all three of the things that so far we mentioned at our workshop because we're going to show you how to write a Maintainable Gherkin that's easy to read and therefore has a good experience for developers and other non-technical stakeholders.

[00:25:41] Chris Loder If you're into test automation, this is the conference for you. Come be surrounded by like minded individuals, we're all there wanting to learn. It's going to be a great conference. Last year was an excellent conference. This year will only be better. We expanded the program over last year. The ladies in the office tell me that the venue is spectacular, so I think you can just go and buy your tickets now. Just do it. It's going to be an absolutely great conference and I really look forward to seeing everybody there.

[00:26:17] Joe Colantonio Awesome. And once again, don't miss your chance to meet these speakers on the podcast in person, live in the flesh, as they mentioned, don't be afraid to go out and ask them some questions in person so is encouraged. And also you get to learn from a bunch of other experts about automation testing Automation Star taking place November 20th to the 21st in Berlin, Germany. And bonus Test Guild listeners because you listen all the way to the end, get an extra 10% off tickets when you use the Code Test Guild 10. This will also be in the show notes, so just head on over to testguild.com/star and register today.

[00:26:52] So another bonus just in is also if you go attend Automation Star and you meet Gáspár and Seb, they also will have some copies of their books available on BDD. I had to recommend you check them out. They've been on the podcast before talking about them. They're awesome go-to resources and they may even sign them for you. So just another benefit of attending an on-site of that. You get some books and signed books as well.

[00:27:15] Thanks again for your automation awesomeness. The links of everything we value we covered in this episode. Head in over to testguild.com/a465. And if the show has helped you in any way, why not rate it and review it in iTunes? Reviews really help in the rankings of the show and I read each and every one of them. So that's it for this episode of the Test Guild Automation Podcast. I'm Joe, my mission is to help you succeed with creating end-to-end, full-stack automation awesomeness. As always, test everything and keep the good. Cheers.

[00:27:51] Hey, thanks again for listening. If you're not already part of our awesome community of 27,000 of the smartest testers, DevOps, and automation professionals in the world, we'd love to have you join the FAM at Testguild.com and if you're in the DevOps automation software testing space or you're a test tool provider and want to offer real-world value that can improve the skills or solve a problem for the Guild community. I love to hear from you head on over to testguild.info And let's make it happen.

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