Mirjana Kolarov Test Department Manager and Test Architect, Levi9

BIO: Mirjana is co-founder of the first testing community in Serbia, called Test’RS Club (testrs.club). After more than 8 years in testing she concluded that she needs to give it back to the community and started speaking and doing workshops. During the day she is a Test Department Manager and Test Architect at Levi Nine IT Services. But above all she is passionate and highly motivated software tester who loves getting her hands dirty with actual testing, and leads by example, promoting appropriate and deliberates testing skills and techniques.

Presentation followed with panel discussion: Balancing your test automation with exploratory testing

In Agile things are going very fast. In most cases, we cannot achieve good testing with only manual testing. We need test automation to speed us up, and to cover the regression testing. UI testing is not the only thing to be automated, due to the constant changes. API should also be covered with tests. Even with this coverage, can we rely on the test automation only? No. The common pitfall I see these days is trying to automate all, and not dedicating any (testing) time to other ways of testing. This is where exploratory testing comes into spotlight – to find defects which are not covered with automation, and which can never be covered with scripts.
In this presentation I will give you my opinion of the right balance of automation and exploratory testing on all testing levels. Since we tried different approaches so far, I’ll try to highlight lessons learned. Also, I will explain which tools we use for test automation and which tools we use for exploratory testing.