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Balancing Manual and Automated Tests: Finding the Right Mix

Speaker: Damon Paul, Quality Engineer at [SQGNE sponsor] Mabl

Manual testing has long been the cornerstone of software quality, relying on the expertise of software testers to ensure an excellent user experience. However, high-velocity teams often struggle to keep up with frequent releases, demanding a hybrid or even fully automated approach.

To manage, quality teams are turning to low-code test automation solutions. But, the line between what to automate and what to test manually is blurred. Understanding the role of each - and their impact on UX - is critical to building an effective quality strategy.

In this session, Damon will explore ways to combine manual and automated functional testing to create a high-impact quality engineering strategy. Attendees will hear about how to:

  • Connect your strategy back to the user experience
  • Balance the roles of automated and manual tests
  • Leverage low-code test automation in your quality strategy
About the speaker . . .

Damon Paul is a Quality Engineer at SQGNE sponsor mabl, which SD Times calls a “company to watch.” Damon loves nothing more than to empower humans with technology and knowledge. With experience as both a Manual QA Specialist and QA Automation Engineer, Damon is great at quickly understanding a team's quality testing needs and then guiding them towards the testing practices that work best for them.

Mabl, our newest sponsor, is a low-code, intelligent test automation platform built for Agile teams. It's the only SaaS solution that tightly integrates automated end-to-end testing into the entire development lifecycle. Mabl's native auto-heal capability evolves tests as the application UI evolves with development; and the comprehensive test results help users quickly and easily resolve bugs before they reach production.

Creating, executing, and maintaining reliable tests has never been easier. Mabl enables software teams to increase test coverage, speed up development and improve application quality - empowering everyone on the team with the ability to ensure the quality of the applications at every stage. Learn more at mabl.com.

About SQGNE . . .

SQGNE has prominent speakers presenting on important topics. Online Zoom meetings give us the opportunity to have outstanding non-local speakers like Jon Hagar, Rob Sabourin, and Paul Grossman. However, in the expectation that we would resume in-person meetings with face-to-face interaction and Flatbread pizza, we again scheduled Boston-area presenters starting in January. We're also encouraging SQGNE members to use our forum to share ideas and develop their speaking.

SQGNE is free for all to participate and all are welcome, regardless of your occupation, role, or job status. Please feel free to forward this email to interested parties. Interested individuals can sign up for our mailing list at: SQGNE_Signup

SQGNE President Darin Kalashian and Red Hat Software Automation Engineer Neha Chopra presented January's meeting on “Driving Quality In-Between Requirements and Testing.” They suggested using models, such as a context model driven down to lower data flow diagram levels, to aid evaluating the design. They also described several well-known risk evaluation techniques including a risk matrix and failure modes effect analysis (FMEA).

Past multi-book-raffle winner, Eduardo Sanchez, donated Think Again — The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant. Congratulations to winner Lily Truong.

Due to Omicron, meetings have continued online via Zoom. We need a new site north of Route 128 in the Bedford/Burlington area for in-person meetings with face-to-face interaction and Flatbread pizza, presumably resuming in September. Please contact SQGNE President Darin Kalashian with meeting site suggestions and contact info.

***Please NOTE*** We discontinued our Meetup participation January 1, so please be sure any colleagues who were on Meetup get on our MailChimp email list and the SQGNE LinkedIn group to keep getting meeting notices and other important info

Quality is everybody's job but not everybody's specialty. Regardless of your role, SQGNE helps you better understand and apply software quality to improve your job and career performance. Attending monthly meetings, reading and posting on the SQGNE LinkedIn Group, and volunteering in various SQGNE capacities all contribute to your benefit.

We try to be thought leaders in booking presenters, but we also need to know your insights and interests. Please let robin@gopromanagement.com know topics you want to hear and hopefully contact information for someone who would be good to present a program on the topic. In the coming weeks, SQGNE leaders will be reaching out personally to many of you to learn more about how SQGNE can continue to serve you and serve you better. Please share. Thank you.

SQGNE relies on sponsors like Mabl, Checkpoint Technologies, and Flatbread Pizza of Bedford to enable us to continue our 28th season as an educational and networking forum for promoting software quality and professionals. Please help us identify additional sponsors. Contact Robin Goldsmith at robin@gopromanagement.com.

SQGNE also relies entirely on volunteers to make the group work. Thanks especially to Susan Houle for stepping up to the Clerk position on the Board and to Alison McKendree for assisting with improving our website. To volunteer, please contact SQGNE President Darin Kalashian at dkalashian@gmail.com.

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