Just when we, as testers, got a handle on what Agile means for us, the landscape changed yet again to a DevOps culture. Words like continuous integration (CI), continuous deployment (CD), and pipelines are now ones we’re hearing on a daily basis. As a tester, I’ll admit, I had no clue of what these words meant, and how was I to change the way I tested to fit within this DevOps culture.
Researching DevOps provided some information, but it was still fuzzy how testing fit into this process. As opposed to panicking about yet another shift in culture, I decided to approach this with a tester’s mindset and explore it just as I would a new application.
In this talk, I’ll share my journey of illustrating models to visualize and understand CI/CD pipelines; my various phases of exploration of the DevOps culture; and the thoughtful questions that I posed at each phase to learn more about this methodology. I’ll also share how my new understanding of DevOps influenced my decisions on which automated tests should be contributed to the CI/CD pipeline and at which stages.
1) A visualization of the CI/CD pipeline
2) How to approach understanding of CI/CD pipelines as a tester
3) Which tests should be added to the CI/CD pipeline – when and why
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