Pieter Withaar is a test automation expert working for Improve Quality Services. He started his career as a software engineer and specialized in testing later in his career. He has a huge drive for pragmatic and efficient automation in testing. He works as a trainer, coach and consultant. His enthusiastic, open, out of the box and critical approaches combined with deep technical knowledge lead to creative and effective solutions.

TestClash: Automation vs Exploration
Automation in testing can no longer be ignored in the current IT landscape. Automated checks are critical component of continuous delivery, by definition. But is this really true? Is automation suitable for all tests? Can we automate everything? Do we want to automate everything? During this talk experts Pieter Withaar and Huib Schoots will take the audience with them on a search for the limits of automation in testing. They will share their experiences with test strategy, vision on using automation in testing and will talk about the limits of automation in testing. Attendees will also be challenged to look for these limits themselves. In a fun audience participation game, part of the audience will focus on exploratory testing, where the other part focuses on automation. What is more effective or more efficient? Which approach gives us the best insight in the status and quality of the product at this moment and in the future? Attendees will experience how complicated it actually is to find the right balance of using automation in projects. A inspirational and fun session about collabaration, testabilty and strategy.

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