Evolution from Quality Assurance to Test Engineering

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You built an app. You launched it. You figured you’d get it out there, build up some volume, get some funding, throw it all out, and then start from scratch so you can “do it right”. But, demands for new features are sky high, you are now being asked to push towards unprecedented scale at an unheard of velocity. Yikes! Now what?

You cannot throw it away and start from scratch, you’ll just need to evolve what you have, while continuing to add high quality features at breathtaking speed. In addition, you need to ensure that what is already there doesn’t break. How do you do this? Fortunately, a new field is forming within the software engineering industry that addresses this common scenario: at Google, we call this “test engineering”.

This talk will focus on what test engineering is, how it evolved from quality assurance, and how the industry as a whole has implemented test engineering (with specific examples of how it is implemented at Google).

Ari Shamash, based in New York, is part of the Test Engineering group at Google, focused on building developer productivity and quality automation tools for Ads, where he passionately works on improving product quality through better, faster, more complete, and more automated testing. Prior to joining Google in 2010, Ari spent 11 years at Sun Microsystems, in the Java, Utility Computing / Cloud, and Developer Tools arenas. Prior to Sun, he was involved in a couple of startups in the NYC area. Ari was granted an undergraduate and graduate degree in Computer Science from Columbia University, with a focus on User Interface Design for Mobile Computers.


The agenda for this event is:

5:30 - 6:30 pm: Attendees Register / Networking
6:30 - 6:35 pm: Welcome & Intro
6:35 - 7:35 pm: Presentation
7:35 - 8:00 pm: Q/A

Please note the venue entrance is on the 8th Avenue side of the building. If you mistakenly go to the 9th avenue entrance, building security will ask you to walk around the building (on the outside!) to the 8th Avenue side. The A,C,E trains stop on the 8th Avenue side of the building.

The RSVP name will be provided to the building security in advance - so please do register with your real name (first/last) as this will significantly speed up registration.

Google volunteers will also be present at the event to answer any questions you may have, look for people who are wearing "Google" t-shirts.

See you there!