Nicky Watson

IT Director

Credit Suisse


The Dying Art of Testing

In the race for more automation and a drive towards more Agile and DevOps delivery models, have we lost sight of the art of testing, and our real purpose?  What happened to designing great tests using highly honed analysis skills?  Have we focused more on the technology gains to the detriment of the actual ART of testing and being a great analyst?  Are SDET’s going to obliterate the analytical skills that we used to consider so imperative?  Do we even call Testers, Test Analysts anymore, as they were always referred to in the 80’s, 90’s and the 00’s?  In this talk we will explore this question and what we need to do to ensure the ARTof testing remains intact, whilst responding to the technical gains and expectations of our craft.

Nicky Watson currently heads up Testing & Environment Management within the Corporate Services Technology organization at Credit Suisse, where she has worked for 5 years. Nicky has over 25 years’ experience in the Testing/QA domain and prior to joining CS, has worked globally across multiple domains, including Banking/Finance, Media, Logistics and Telecom’s.  Nicky has also headed up QA organizations in Indian based IT Service organizations, which have been suppliers to the Banking & Finance sectors, amongst others.

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