It’s Not a Bug, It’s an Environment Problem

It’s not a bug, it’s an environment problem. Environments are costly and data refreshes tedious. As a result, quality assurance professionals have to make compromises and work in environments that have a different makeup than the production environment, which can create false positives and/or bugs to be missed.

This presentation will help quality assurance professionals learn how to mitigate the lack of data refreshes by creating their modular test cases and use parameters to dissociate the data from the test cases and therefore be able to work with data that you do have in other environments. It will also show how to setup automation to dissociate data from automation code.

Additionally, it will dive into how to maximize the environments quality assurance professionals currently have and align them to their testing process to do feature testing and regression efficiently. Finally, it will help those in attendance understand the potential limitations on testing in less than ideal environments, set expectations and make cases to get more environments and more frequent data refreshes when possible.

Session Takeaways:

  • Matching the company’s process with the environments you currently have is key to have the best testing setup.
  • Creating modular manual tests and using parameters in your tests will help dissociate data from test cases and help with testing different data in different environments.
  • Creating automation without hard-coded values will help compensate for inconsistent data in different environments.


Location: Bayshore Ballroom Date: April 6, 2016 Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Helene Astier