100 episodes

TestGuild Automation Podcast (formally Test Talks) is a weekly podcast hosted by Joe Colantonio, which geeks out on all things software test automation. TestGuild Automation covers news found in the testing space, reviews books about automation, and speaks with some of the thought leaders in the test automation field. We’ll aim to interview some of today’s most successful and inspiring software engineers, and test automation thought leaders.

TestGuild Automation Podcast Joe Colantonio

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    • 4.9 • 93 Ratings

TestGuild Automation Podcast (formally Test Talks) is a weekly podcast hosted by Joe Colantonio, which geeks out on all things software test automation. TestGuild Automation covers news found in the testing space, reviews books about automation, and speaks with some of the thought leaders in the test automation field. We’ll aim to interview some of today’s most successful and inspiring software engineers, and test automation thought leaders.

    AI's Role in Test Automation and Collaboration with Mark Creamer

    AI's Role in Test Automation and Collaboration with Mark Creamer

    In this episode, host Joe Colantonio sits down with Mark Creamer, President and CEO at Conformiq, to delve into the fascinating world of AI in test automation. 
    See how Conformiq can transform your testing process by requesting a free demo now at https://testguild.me/aidemo
    They explore how Gen AI and Symbolic AI are revolutionizing the generation and optimization of test cases, making testing processes more efficient and collaborative.
    Mark shares his two-decade journey in utilizing AI technologies such as natural language processing and vision recognition systems, highlighting the distinctions between older and newer AI methods. The conversation underscores how Gen AI's accessibility and user-friendliness are transforming testing. At the same time, Symbolic AI continues to provide deterministic and predictable test case generation, which is particularly valuable in regulated environments.
    Tune in to hear Mark's insightful perspectives on enhancing test automation through AI, leveraging system-level models for end-to-end testing, and optimizing BDD approaches for agile development. Whether you're a seasoned tester or just getting started, this episode is packed with practical advice and thought-provoking discussions that you won't want to miss.

    • 33 min
    Mastering ETL Testing with Chris Thompson and Mike Calabrese

    Mastering ETL Testing with Chris Thompson and Mike Calabrese

    Today, we're diving deep into the complexities of ETL testing with our esteemed guests, Chris Thompson and Mike Calabrese from RTTS.
    Register now for webinar on how AI helps ETL testing: testguild.me/aietl
    With over two decades of combined experience in data QA and automated testing, Chris and Mike will guide us through the intricacies of an actual data warehouse project plan.
    They uncover the challenges in data mappings, explore different transformation types, and discuss the critical role of a comprehensive mapping document.
    Chris and Mike also highlight the importance of rigorous data testing to prevent costly errors and ensure accurate decision-making.
    Join us as we explore the critical aspects of ETL testing and data project planning and gain invaluable insights from two industry veterans who have seen it all. This is a must-listen episode for anyone involved in data testing and looking to optimize their data transformation processes.
    I also recommend you check out our upcoming Webinar with RTTS on AI in ETL Testing. Register now!

    • 32 min
    AI-Assisted Testing with Mark Winteringham

    AI-Assisted Testing with Mark Winteringham

    Today, we're delving into the exciting potential of generative AI in software testing with Mark Winteringham. Mark, an esteemed author and expert in the field, has penned his latest work, 'Software Testing with Generative AI,' which holds the promise of transforming our approach to testing and automation.
    In this episode, Mark takes us behind the scenes of writing his new book and discusses the challenges of researching a rapidly evolving field. He shares the importance of context, mindset, and technique when leveraging generative AI and provides practical, actionable insights on how to integrate AI into your testing processes effectively.
    We'll explore how AI agents and prompt engineering can enhance exploratory testing, discuss AI's role in UI automation, and delve into customizing large language models to fit specific business needs. Mark also emphasizes avoiding common pitfalls, like overreliance on AI and misunderstanding its capabilities.
    Whether you're a seasoned tester or new to the world of automation, this episode is packed with valuable knowledge to help you navigate the evolving landscape of AI in software testing.
     

    • 33 min
    Stars, Stripes, and Software: Alex Zap's Journey to ZAPTEST with Alex Chernyak

    Stars, Stripes, and Software: Alex Zap's Journey to ZAPTEST with Alex Chernyak

    Celebrate freedom in automation with a 6-month free trial of ZAPTEST—your pathway to unleashing limitless potential in software testing. Try it now at testguild.me/zaptrial
    Today, we have a very special guest who embodies perseverance, innovation, and the American Dream. Alex "ZAP" Chernyak, the visionary founder of ZAPTEST, is joining us.
    In this episode, Alex dives deep into his incredible journey from growing up in Siberia to serving in the Israeli Defense Forces and ultimately making his dream come true in the United States. He shares invaluable insights on leadership, the importance of professional ethics, and the relentless pursuit of excellence — all essential for anyone in the automation field.
    We'll explore his work in test automation, including the creation of advanced algorithms and the unique offerings of ZAPTEST, such as their six-month free enterprise version and groundbreaking ability to automate any UI, even from hand-drawn pictures. P
    Plus, hear about his commitment to fostering a global team and the strategies that have led ZAPTEST to become an industry leader.
    And, of course, given the patriotic spirit of Alex's story, we celebrate his journey with a special nod to Independence Day. So sit back, relax, and get ready to be inspired by a story of determination, innovation, and steadfast commitment to raising the bar in the tech world.
    Let's jump right in!

    • 38 min
    Mastering Playwright Automation with AI with Joe Colantonio

    Mastering Playwright Automation with AI with Joe Colantonio

    In this episode, we dive into a major shift in the automation testing world: Playwright has surpassed Cypress in weekly downloads, marking a significant milestone in its journey.
    We delve into what this means for testers, offering insights into why Playwright is gaining such rapid popularity and how it compares to Cypress. We also shine a spotlight on the crucial role of the community, including a notable LinkedIn post by Filip Hric and comments from Diego Molina, which put this achievement into context with Selenium's continued dominance.
    You'll discover why now is the perfect time to supercharge your web automation skills with Playwright and get a glimpse of our new course, "Automation with Playwright: Mastering Web Automation with AI." This episode also delves into the broader implications of Playwright's rise, including potential challenges and opportunities for the testing community. Listen to the end for a sneak peek at the course content and find out how to stay ahead in the ever-evolving field of web automation.
    Register for the free Playwright AI course now: testguild.me/playai
     

    • 10 min
    Degrees of Automation

    Degrees of Automation

    In this episode, Paul Grizzaffi, a senior principal automation architect at Nerdery, discusses his role and how he guides teams to effectively promote test automation and quality.
    We'll explore the importance of aligning testing and automation with each client's unique business goals and how Paul identifies and addresses their pain points. Paul also shares valuable insights into avoiding common pitfalls, such as excessive tests and data dependency, and the significance of treating automation projects like software projects through continual and periodic evaluations. We touch on the current state of AI in testing, its potential applications, and the critical need for human oversight.
    Discover how to help your teams make informed decisions about automation tools, evaluate opportunity costs, and stress the importance of quality over quantity in testing, all of which are directly relevant to your work in software development and automation.

    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
93 Ratings

93 Ratings

Найкер ,

The best podcast in the QA Space

I’ve been listening to Joe’s podcast for a long time, and I was finally invited to participate as a guest. Joe is fantastic, he is a real professional who knows the theme, and it was a pleasure to discuss existing trends in the software testing space and how AI will change our future.
If you are an engineer (not only a software developer in test), you will get many insights and learn new things.

Herbzilla ,

A MUST listen for all software QA professionals!

If you are a software QA professional, and in particular a test automation engineer, and you are NOT following the TestGuild, you are missing out! I listen to this podcast every week, and content Joe provides is awesome and valuable! Thanks Joe, for bringing “automation awesomeness” to the masses!!

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Testing is hard but this is easy to listen to

I love hearing about new tools and technologies and Joe gets right to the point quickly. Good to hear. Thanks for making this.

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