Next week we’ll be returning to Eurostar, Europe's number one software testing and quality conference, as a gold sponsor. We had a great experience at last year’s event held in Prague, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity to connect, once again, with the greater testing community in Europe.

This year’s event is packed with three stages of speakers from a variety of backgrounds to share their insights and experiences. I love that Eurostar 2020 is also offering AMA (ask me anything) sessions and the Huddle hang out cafe. If you’re like me, you’re likely feeling a bit - or maybe a lot - of video conference fatigue, and welcome the opportunity for more interaction with your peers.

Why testing DevOps is broken

I’m excited to be part of this year’s agenda, sharing some of the key takeaways that we learned from our Testing in DevOps survey that we published earlier this year. In the session, I’ll be tackling three key areas:

  • Reasons why testing is broken
  • Results from the survey
  • Tips for overcoming the challenge of automating functional tests

[Spoiler Alert!] I’ll talk about this in more detail in my session, but our survey garnered over 1,000 respondents and, not surprisingly, revealed that teams are accelerating their delivery timelines. More teams are delivering updates on a weekly and daily basis than what they shared in the 2019 survey. We learned that this is consistent for teams that have manual, partially automated, and fully automated pipelines and deployments.

Better testing positively impacts customer happiness

Automation across the development lifecycle is a growing initiative. For the teams that are taking a holistic approach to product delivery by embedding automated testing throughout their pipeline, they are seeing the return in form of customer happiness and employee satisfaction. The survey showed a direct correlation between testing and customer happiness, as well as employee happiness. Those teams are feeling less stressed and more confident in their releases.

Making this transition doesn’t happen with the flip of a switch. Change agents - oftentimes quality owners and engineers - have been taking the lead helping their teams learn how to optimize test automation and make it integral to delivering quality products. It’s part best practice, part customer-advocacy, and part leadership getting buy-in from team members to ensure effective change can happen. And without trying to eat the whole elephant, but instead taking one bite at a time with a crawl, walk, run approach.

I hope you’ll come and check out the full session next week, and stop by our virtual booth to say hello. In the meantime, have a look at the survey results, or jump into mabl with a free trial and see for yourself how test automation can be integrated into your development workflow.