Skills in #TestAutomation That Matter | History of Testing | Robert Sabourin | #TestFlix 2023

Skills in #TestAutomation That Matter | History of Testing | Robert Sabourin | #TestFlix 2023

In this captivating session, Robert Sabourin takes us on a historical journey to rediscover lost test automation fundamentals. Drawing inspiration from intriguing examples throughout history, Rob showcases the timeless skills of testers who pioneered automation long before the digital age. Delve into the 1870s, when testers played a crucial role in ensuring the evolution and integrity of telegraph systems through automating models of system usage.

Rob then transports us to the 1904 Testing Conference, revealing fascinating insights into environment simulation and dynamic analysis. Here, testers applied advanced automation skills to realistically test steam locomotives in a controlled environment. The journey continues with a glimpse into the early 1940s, where Rob's father utilized test automation for telecom switching systems, predating the era of digital computing.

Throughout the talk, Rob emphasizes key takeaways, highlighting that test automation skills are fundamentally about problem-solving and can transcend specific technologies. This enlightening session unveils a rich history where testers have not only shaped the evolution of technology but have also showcased automation skills that predate the digital era by over a century.

This video is of one of the Talks presented at #TestFlix - Biggest Virtual Software #Testing Conference, 2023.

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About Speaker:
Rob Sabourin has more than forty-one years of management experience leading teams of software development professionals. A highly respected member of the software engineering community, Rob has managed, trained, mentored, and coached thousands of top professionals in the field. He frequently speaks at conferences and writes on software engineering, SQA, testing, management, and internationalization. Rob authored “I am a Bug!”, the popular software testing children’s book; works as an adjunct professor of software engineering at McGill University; and serves as the principal consultant (and president/janitor) of AmiBug.Com, Inc.

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