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How to Get Automation Included in Your Definition of Done - Angie Jones

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While most teams appreciate the benefits of automation, it is commonly viewed as too time-consuming to be considered as part of an agile sprint; resulting in automation being done in isolation and typically months after the story has been closed. This can lead to several problems including automation team members being disengaged and missing key aspects of the requirements, as well as teams going through a period where new features are being introduced but no regression testing is occurring. This talk will provide agile-friendly approaches to automation which will allow teams to close their sprints with automation in place. These automation techniques allow scrum teams to work smarter, not harder, and find bugs quicker with a more narrowed scope of the root cause, essentially leading to quicker resolution times. We’ll also walk through an example story and demonstrate how to apply these techniques to ensure automation is achievable within the sprint.

Key Takeaways:
* Techniques to achieve in-sprint automation
* Tips on how to successfully embed automation engineers into a scrum team
* Collaboration methods to ensure automation interests are understood and considered

Angie Jones is a Consulting Automation Engineer at LexisNexis who advises several scrum teams on automation strategies and has developed automation frameworks for countless software products. As a Master Inventor, she is known for her innovative and out-of-the-box thinking style which has resulted in more than 20 patented inventions in the US and China. Angie is also an adjunct college professor who teaches Java programming and is a strong advocate for diversity in Technology. She volunteers with organizations who champion this cause such as TechGirlz and Black Girls Code.