DevOps: A Testers Best Friend

Have you ever asked yourself how DevOps could succeed in a company that has an existing set of testing processes, deployment practices, multiple segregated environments, and silo teams? Is it possible to take autonomous teams and bring them together to increase efficiencies within the deployment pipeline in a large company that’s ingrained with “we’ve always done it this way”? We asked these same questions at American Family Insurance. What we discovered was that by uniting certain teams, re-evaluating the tools we used, streamlining processes, and integrating our environments, we could evolve into a DevOps culture that offered our developers continuous integration and our testers expediently deployed code in stable environments, all seamlessly integrated. Join us as we discuss the before, the, after, and the step-by-step process American Family took to evolve toward planned production maintenance releases, an automated deployment pipeline, standardized smoke tests, rapid deployment of defect fixes for retesting, and stable testing environments to facilitate better functional and integrated testing processes.

Learning Objectives:

  • How it is possible to combine the Build and Deploy, Software Configuration, Environment Support, and Release Management team into a functional DevOps culture within a large Fortune 500 company
  • How you can retrain the people in an existing departments to understand the concepts of a DevOps culture and combine them to form a DevOps culture
  • How integrating and deploying code daily can achieve stable environments, yet meet continuous integrations requirements of multiple development teams located through the world and help find defects faster

Location: Date: April 21, 2016 Time: 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm hs_Thomas-Janik Tom Janik hs_Ken-Robertson Ken Robertson