Testing software is hard. Maintaining a fast, comprehensible, and meaningful test suite that can grow alongside an application for years is really hard.
In our experience working with dozens of teams, we've run into a bunch of the same testing problems over and over again. This talk is an effort to analyze the most common reasons that teams become disillusioned with their tests, and offer some targeted advice to help teams prevent these problems from ever materiaizing by tweaking their tools, workflow, and perspective.
I referenced a few things in the talk that I ought to link to here:
- A talk on creatively making targeted test suites, Breaking Up (With) Your Test Suite
- A screencast on 'Discovery Testing'
- A wiki of testing topics I assembled while preparing the talk