Shesh Patel
Engineering Manager
The New York Times

Shesh Patel is a passionate test advocate who is leading central test automation team at The New York Times. He joined The Times in 2016 and has worked on various projects with a vision to increase quality with velocity. Previously, he worked at an ad-tech firm for 3 years focusing on test automation. He holds a B.Sc. degree in Computer Science from SUNY Buffalo and currently resides in his dream city, New York.


Continuous testing while shifting left: A journey of The New York Times from theory to reality.

To combat the rapid shift in how we create and release software without compromising quality and velocity. The New York Times test strategy went through a series of transformation from building the right team structure to clarifying roles and responsibilities on who owns automated tests. One of them is the birth of test automation team with a vision to develop Test Frameworks & Infrastructure that a maximum number of Development teams can adapt to develop & execute Automated tests.

After a year, we are inching towards a culture where testing is not an afterthought and quality is truly being considered as everyone’s responsibility.

In this talk we will go over:
How do we support 40+ development teams testing needs?
Behind the scenes process of developing and maintaining test infrastructure that scale
A practical use case demonstrating how test automation team plays important role in ensuring high-quality product without compromising release velocity

Lessons learned from challenges we faced to adopt a culture of quality
Best practices in maximizing test automation adoption in your development teams
A practical guide on measuring test maturity of a product

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