The Pothole of Automating Too Much

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630 Freedom Business Center Dr · King of Prussia, PA

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Hello Everyone,

We are back with an interesting topic after a long break.
It gives us immense pleasure to announce our next Meetup with Paul Holland, Sr. Director of Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions as the Speaker.

Meetup Agenda:
3:00 to 4:00 PM (EST) – Meet & Greet; Food & Networking
4:00 to 5:00 PM (EST) – Session Followed by Q&A.

Title: The Pothole of Automating Too Much

Do you work for a company that has decided that 100% automation is their approach to testing? Is your company spending a lot of time and effort on an automation strategy but your customers feel the product quality is going downhill? Does the management at your company feel that automation is the silver bullet that will save money, increase coverage or reduce headcount?

In this talk, Paul Holland will discuss some issues and problems with that approach. He will provide the participants with strong arguments why the “automate everything" approach will likely not be as successful as many people expect and he will provide details of an alternative balanced approach that will likely yield higher quality in the software. Paul will discuss the difference between testing & checking, detail 5 problems that can and do occur in situations where companies try to automate too much, tell real life stories from companies he has worked with, and provide details of a broader “balanced” solution.

About the Speaker – Paul Holland

Paul Holland is a Senior Director of Test Engineering at Medidata Solutions, Inc. in New York City. Paul has over 20 years of experience in software testing. Prior to joining Medidata in August 2016 he was Head of Testing at a small New York based consultancy for 2 years. Previously he spent 2 years as the principal consultant and owner at Testing Thoughts, and 17 years at Alcatel-Lucent.
Paul specializes in adapting testing methodologies to reduce waste, and be more effective and efficient. Finding ways to document only that which needs to be documented. Modifying reporting of test activities to provide actionable information to stakeholders and reduce/eliminate potentially harmful metrics. Paul is one of four instructors of the Rapid Software Testing course, developed by James Bach and Michael Bolton.

Look forward to meet you at the venue.

Best Regards,
Midhun Pingili