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In today’s political climate, automation is a hot topic that is quickly dividing people across the country. While there’s no denying automation is the way of the future, many people are hesitant that this new technology will mean less jobs for the average workers. That being said, automation isn’t all bad!

There are a lot of big changes coming to the workforce thanks to automation, and many of those changes bring with them a new wave of job opportunities. The demand for technology and coding jobs is on the rise! This is big news for the future of industry, and these changes can be a positive thing with the right mentality. Read on to delve deeper into the rise of automation and the future of coding!

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The rise of automation as we know it today.

It might be hard to think about how automation has changed drastically in the last few years. Nowadays, more and more “human” jobs are being overcome by advances in automotive technology. These changes first occurred in repetitive, labor-intense positions. Factory workers and farmers quickly became replaced by these automated machines which could do the work in faster time.

Humans have been using tools to produce faster results since the dawn of civilization. Cars replaced horses while robots now replace humans in many labor-intensive positions. People began to push back when factor jobs became harder and harder to find, and now it’s not just these factory positions in jeopardy. Today, automation is taking over jobs in more creative fields and thought related tasks. Sales positions, finance positions, and even healthcare positions are slowly being taken over by skilled automotive machines. In just a few years, who knows what automation will be able to do next!

With the rise of automation comes the rise of coding.

There’s no denying that the workforce is changing as automation because more mainstream. The jobs of the past will become more and more obsolete, and today’s workers will need to develop new ways to be competitive as employees. Coding is rising to meet this challenge. As the demand for automation grows, so does the need for skilled coders.

Coding positions are becoming the new factor jobs. As more works are gaining higher education, these coding positions will serve as the new baseline in coming years for a new workforce. This might seem hard to come to grips with, but these changes can be positive! A rising technological workforce allows modern workers more freedom as most of these positions can be performed remotely. Employers can advise your remote workers from anywhere in the world, making a more cooperative international economy.

There will be an need for all types of coders from .NET Core vs .NET Framework to new advanced technologies we haven’t developed yet. Not only does this mean there’s a demand for more workers, but the quality standards are also increasing. Employers are beginning to recognize that quantity and quality and not equal! That means the workers who are able to adapt their skills ambitiously will find greater success. The new rising workforce will rise to meet new challenges, and there’s no limits to the new heights of technology!

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Modern workers are programmers.

Many people today fall into the mindset that these changes to the workforce are negative. This isn’t’ the case! It’s just different. Throughout history, technology improvements have altered the workforce and brought change. These modern changes towards automation might seem strange to our modern eyes, but in a few years they’ll be normal practice. Technology is the only way to move forward to a brighter tomorrow, and our workers will be prepared for any new challenges!

According to the US Software Engineering Institute, 50% of defects are due to bad specifications.

Are you managing a software team or responsible for looking at their end-to-end delivery processes holistically?

Then, join this round-table discussion with Sam Hatoum, CEO of Xolv.io as he shares how he’s implemented proper specifications throughout projects he’s worked on to increase velocity by up to 35% and reduce defect rates down to 2%.

Date: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 12:00pm PT
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Why you should attend this session?

  • Get tips for balancing the tradeoff between velocity and quality
  • Learn how to smooth the transition between development phases while ensuring full alignment
  • See how your test automation strategy becomes a result of your upfront specification planning
  • Succeed in reducing defects before a single line of code is written
  • Minimize the handoffs between Engineering, Quality and Product
  • Capture some quick wins to implement quality practices that will
  • Influence cultural change, speed up release cycles and improve your customer’s experience

“If it’s worth building, it’s worth testing” — Kent Beck, pioneer of Test Driven Development

Imagine this situation. It is 4:45 pm on a Friday afternoon, and a new feature on the company’s web application for generating sales reports is pushed to production. At 11:30 pm that night, the lead developer gets a frantic call from a customer — the new feature broke an existing business-critical feature. What if the team could have prevented the break in the first place? By including test automation from the beginning of the development process, this is possible.

What Is Testing?

Testing is crucial to many agile software development processes. Testing enables developers to know ahead of time if everything will work as expected. With a well-written set of tests, developers can know whether or not new additions to a codebase will break existing features and behavior. Testing processes become the crystal ball of the software development process.

crystal ball testing

Testing can be automated or performed manually, but automated testing allows software development teams to test code more quickly, frequently, and accurately. Software testers and developers can then free up their time and focus on the more difficult tasks at hand.

How To Develop For Testing

The key to being successful with test automation in the software development life cycle is to introduce it as early on as possible. While many developers recognize the importance of testing their software, the testing process is often times delayed until the end of the development cycle. Testing may even be dropped completely in order to make a deadline or meet budgetary restrictions.  

Those not using test automation may view testing as a burden or roadblock to developing and delivering an application. A well-written set of tests, however, can end up saving time during the development process. The key to this is to write them as soon as new features are developed. This practice is commonly known as Test Driven Development. Writing tests as one develops features also encourages better documentation and leads to smaller changes in the codebase at a given time. Taking smaller steps in creating and changing a codebase enables the developer to make sure that what he/she adds maintains the health of the codebase.

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Just as one can adapt his/her development workflow to Test Driven Development, it is important to also adapt the way tests are written when leveraging automated tests. Automated tests typically contain three parts: the setup, the action to be tested, and the validation. The best tests are those that test just one item, so developers know exactly what breaks and how to fix it. Tests that combine multiple actions are more difficult to create and maintain as well as slower to run. Most importantly, complicated tests do not tell the developers exactly what is broken and still require additional debugging/exploration to get to the root of the problem.

Automated testing can be broken down into different types of tests, such as web testing, unit testing, and usability testing. While it may not be possible to have complete automated test coverage for every application, a combination of different types of testing can provide a comprehensive test suite that can be augmented by hands-on testing as well.

Platforms like Testim enable developers to automate web testing across multiple browsers, as if a user was testing the application hands-on. This enables both developers and testers to uncover issues that cannot be discovered using hands-on testing methods.

What causes a test to fail?

The purpose of testing software is to identify bad code. Bad code either does not function as expected or breaks other features in the software. Testing is important to developers as it allows them to quickly correct the bugs and maintain a healthy codebase that enables a team of developers to develop and ship new features

However, tests can fail for reasons that are not bad code. When doing hands-on testing, a failed test can even be the result of human error. With some automated testing suites, if a test is written for a button on a webpage with a certain identifier, and the identifier changes, that test will then fail the next time it is run.

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The failure of the button test may cause the developer to think something is wrong with thier code, and as a result, they may spend hours digging through endless lines of code to suss out the issue, only to find that it was the result of a bad test and not bad code.

How Does Testim Help With Testing?

Testim gives developers and testers a way to quickly create, execute, and maintain tests. It does this by adapting to the changes that are made during the software development cycle. Through machine learning algorithms, Testim enables developers to create tests that can learn over time. This could lead to things like automated testing that adapts to small changes like the ID of a button, which would create more reliable tests that developers and testers can trust to identify bad code.

Tests that are quick to create and run will transform the software development process into one that ships code quicker, so developers can spend their time developing.

Testing is one of the key processes in software development. As the requirements to support multiple browsers and devices increases, it is driving the demand to automate the functional testing of applications. While teams embark on their DevOps transformational journeys, the handoffs between traditional application lifecycle silos begin to dismantle, enabling a continuous process of updating their applications.

The key challenges for software teams in DevOps include:

  • how to achieve maximum coverage testing with shorter time frames?
  • how to figure out what to automate vs. leave manual?
  • how to transform from testing and validation before go live to more predictive forms of testing and real-time quality monitoring?

With the increased adoption of agile methodologies, test automation is a key piece of continuous testing. According to the 2015-2016 World Quality Report, research show that the average percentage of test case automation has increased from 28% to 45%. An enabler of this trend has been the advancements in development and testing tools which have helped organizations build a solid infrastructure for automation.

Testim’s stable, self-healing, end-to-end test automation solution is recognized by Software Testing Help as a Top 20 Best Tool to help developers and/or testers create their test suites without any coding, script management or maintenance of the tests. Using machine learning, Testim provides the maximum coverage with the fewest amount of test scenarios allowing teams to optimize their test suite. This also eliminates the need of trying to figure out what to automate vs. leave manual since tests are automatically created as the user uses the application. Additionally, Testim helps teams transform from testing and validation by leveraging historical data to prioritize tests.

“We are humbled by making this list,” says Oren Rubin, CEO for Testim. “This is a testament to our commitment to helping project teams eliminate the complexity of building their test automation suite.”

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About Testim.io
Testim.io leverages machine learning for the authoring, execution and maintenance of automated test cases. We use dynamic locators and learn with every execution. The outcome is super fast authoring and stable tests that learn, thus eliminating the need to continually maintain tests with every code change. Netapp, Verizon Wireless, Wix.com and others run over 300,000 tests using Testim.io every month.

Today I joined Testim.io as President and COO. Testim has the potential to disrupt a massive, $8B+ market for web and mobile QA automation. Testim has built an insanely powerful product that seeks to alleviate the pain associated with test automation — current solutions suck. Testim has achieved product market fit (you might want to read more about that below), has a great team and culture spanning our Israel and San Francisco offices, and needed a business leader to help scale the company to the next level.

How I met Oren Rubin

Throughout the years, I’ve seen hundreds of customers struggle to transform agile. QA was the main bottleneck, specifically the creation and maintenance of automated test cases. I’ve seen organizations fire managers and vendors as a result of failure to meet automation goals. Scripting full test suites took months, during which organizations would depend on one or two skilled automation leads. This had impact on time and money. This is a problem worth solving.

Several months ago, a friend told me about an interesting tool they were assessing. He suggested that I have a call with Oren, the founder and CEO. A few weeks later, I was driving on 101, when Oren called me, The next 45 minutes were invigorating. His description of the need was music to my ears. The way he described Testim’s approach to the maintenance of test scripts intrigued me.

A few weeks later I stopped by Heavybit, a San Francisco based accelerator for developer related startups, to meet Oren. We immediately hit it off. He showed me a demo and I loved it! It was exactly the type of tool that was required to help companies automate release cycles generally and quality assurance specifically. It was cloud based, required little scripting and was visual and easy to use. And developers loved it! It took 3 minutes to create a test. I started firing questions at Oren: about Testim’s product roadmap, current customers, personas, integration with other devops tools, etc. Over the following weeks, we had a number of similar discussions.

So why did I join Testim?

Over the last few years, I’ve met hundreds of startups. There are a few ingredients that make a great startup.

Deep and identifiable Pain Point — “Make sure your product is a pain killer. Not a vitamin.” If you help customers address a great need that is making their job more difficult, they will give you the time of day, and more often than not, will be ready to pay for it. I’ve seen that pain point around Continuous Delivery & Continuous Integration and specifically around test automation: the time to author a single test case, the effort required to maintain these test suites and the challenges around the required expertise. Test automation is a big pain point to a vast majority of the development teams I’ve met.

Superb Team with Domain Expertise — Many investors have articulated the qualities of a great team and more importantly a great founder. It is difficult to define one until you meet one. Oren is that kind of founder. Oren has spent the past two decades living and breathing the problem which Testim is trying to solve. He experienced the challenges of agile transformation and built a product based on his unique insights. He largely bootstrapped the company for the first two years with his own money and that of a few prominent Israel angels. He was able to attract a strong, highly technical team of engineers. Based on his product vision and early customer traction, he was also able to attract a prominent group of Silicon Valley and Israel venture funds. And Oren believed that for the company to realize its full business potential, the corporate HQ would have to be based in Silicon Valley. So he packed up and moved to San Francisco.

Oren also possessed certain founder attributes that I value, including being a good listener, open to feedback, and actually implementing product suggestions based on our discussions. The discussions I had with each person on the team also reinforced my excitement. My discussion with Gil, our VP R&D who leads our Israel development office, lasted two hours, where we covered product roadmap and the rapidly changing market. The meeting with Michael Neril, the Founding Partner of Spider Capital, one of Testim’s investors, was a joy. Michael is an ideal investor in my view: He is constantly looking to add value with introductions to consultants, partners, customer prospects and candidates. We speak frequently and he is a great sounding board on strategy.

Clear Product/Market fit — Over the last couple of weeks, I spent time talking to Testim’s customers as well as folks I know and respect. I remember a specific conversation that happened while waiting in line at a coffee shop. A friend who was also in line for coffee introduced me to his CTO. We somehow got to talk about quality and Testim. “I love the product. It’s awesome. They are onto something.” I heard similar reactions from customers. Just today, we received the following note from a new customer: “This is really a good application you have here. It’s a big help to us QAs.” P.S.: Developers love our product even more!

Scalable Channel to Market — A pain-point, a talented team and a great product are not enough. You need a scalable channel to market. Testim has hundreds of active customers and dozens of paying ones with zero money spent on sales, marketing, or a structured process. That’s why I’m excited to be part of this journey. With a structured sales process, an understanding of the pain points, clear definition of the target persona and organization, well-crafted messaging, and a few additional A players on our team, we have the building blocks to build a truly transformative company in the test automation space.

Breakthrough Technology – Many companies approached the challenge of QA automation by focusing on simplifying authoring using GUI based play and record. Testim’s approach, focusing on stability and reliability first is refreshing. The evolution of real-time machine learning powers the ability to analyze hundreds of elements and thousands of attributes, enabling Testim to deeply understand the Document Object Model (DOM) in order to create dynamic test suites which are adaptive to changes in the application. 

That brings me to my last two comments:

1.If you are looking for a powerful, stable, yet simple automation tool — please reach out.

2.I’m also hiring. If you or someone you know is talented, highly productive, thrives in a fast moving startup, and is a team player — please reach out.

About Testim.io

Testim uses machine learning for the authoring, execution and self-maintenance of automated test suites. Testim learns from every   execution, self-improving the stability of test cases resulting in a test suite that doesn’t break on every code change.

A developer can author test cases in minutes. Testim powers the transition to agile and shift left, giving organizations the tools to maintain maximum coverage over every release. Testim, headquartered in San Francisco, is backed by a leading group of U.S. and Israel venture capital funds.

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