Agile + DevOps West 2020 Concurrent Session : Testing like a Scientist


Wednesday, June 10, 2020 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Testing like a Scientist

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Testing should be fun, but it needs to be rigorous with clear results. When someone asks about the tests you ran, don’t worry about if they passed; just worry that you can back up your answers. To this end, consider using the scientific method to drive your testing strategy and plan. The stages of the scientific method align well with activities that testers should be performing: All testers should (and maybe even unwittingly do) follow this basic outline to create, execute, and evaluate their testing. Join Max Saperstone as he walks through these stages, expanding on each one, talking a bit about the scientific side and how it relates to testing, and illuminating the activities that can be drawn from each. Discuss the benefits to following a more rigorous process like the scientific method: improved quality, confidence in what was tested, and assurance that it was tested properly.


Max Saperstone has been working as a Software and Test Engineer for over a decade, with a focus on Test Automation within the CI/CD process. He specializes in open source tools, including the Selenium Tool Suite, JMeter, AutoIT, Cucumber, and Chef. Max is the Director of Test and Automation at Coveros, where he works as a test strategist and architect; he works with organizations to determine how best to test the application across the organization to ensure high quality and low risk releases. He currently heads up the development of Selenified, an open sourced testing framework to allow testing of multiple interfaces, custom reporting, and minimal test upkeep.