Month: June 2015

JMeter [Automation] for Agile Testing

beachI delivered a “Test Academy” talk at the ExpoQA conference yesterday in Madrid.

It was called JMeter for Agile Testing.

My original proposal was to do something practical, in much the same vein as my TestBash JMeter Performance Testing workshop.

Due to time constraints (the talk was only 90mins) and potential interpretation concerns (the majority of the delegates were Spanish, with English > Spanish interpretation headsets) I decided to try something a bit different.

Instead of having folk work through some examples and get hands-on with automation and scripting, I told them some stories. Narratives on how I had used a tool to solve problems for the teams and projects with whom I’ve worked over the last few years.

I think it worked pretty well. Initial feedback was positive. The (normally quiet) Spaniards seemed engaged and inquisitive. The stories covered a range of testing problems including web and API testing, security, performance and test-tooling.

Probably if there was one thing I would change, it would be to not place so much emphasis on the specific tool, and place more of a focus on being prepared to re-purpose all kinds of automation to solve problems for [test] teams and projects.

That’s a job for next time though.

If you’re interested, the slides are here.

As for me… It’s back to the beach. 🙂

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