Helene Astier’s career started in 1999 at the Florida Institute of Technology where she became academically trained in Software Quality Assurance. She graduated with a Master of Science in Computer Science and an MBA. Recently, she was the VP of Quality Assurance and Process Control Manager at a financial firm that underwrites billions of dollars of bonds a year. She was responsible for building the Quality Assurance Department, overhauled the SDLC processes and built metrics to monitor processes. Currently, she manages a distributed cross-functional team of 40 Quality Assurance professionals at Cars.com.

QUEST 2015 Conference and EXPO Sessions:

General Session: Optimizing Test Environments and Managing Test Data

Friday, April 24: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

It’s not a bug, it’s a test environment problem. Environments are costly and data refreshes tedious. As a result, quality assurance professionals make compromises working in environments that do not mirror production which all too often results in false positives and bugs missed.

During the presentation, Helene Astier will discuss how to mitigate the lack of data refreshes by creating more modular test cases and using parameters to dissociate the data from the test cases. Helene will also describe how to dissociate data from automation code to make it more data independent. Additionally, Helene will dive into how to maximize your current environments aligning them to their testing process for better feature testing and more efficient regression testing. Finally, this session will help you understand the potential limitations on testing in less than ideal environments, set appropriate expectations, and “make the case” for more environments and more frequent data refreshes.