TestOps: A Journey to Story-Based Releases

25-minute Talk

This experience report details transforming a chaotic development process into streamlined, story-based releases, highlighting key strategies and outcomes

Virtual Pass session

Timetable

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m. Wednesday 20th

Room

Room F2 - Track 2: Talks

Audience

Architect, Tester, Developer

Key-Learning

  • A test strategy that ensures end-to-end confidence before merging a story.
  • Optimizing your development process in a distributed microservices landscape.
  • Solutions to challenges encountered while moving to story-based releases.

Do you want to transition from chaos to a streamlined development process? Continuous deployment of small, incremental changes isn't just for tech giants like Google, Netflix, and Spotify; it’s achievable for you too!

This experience report tells my journey of implementing a robust test strategy in the public domain. We started with no development process, a perpetually broken main Git branch, and a mad scramble to fix our environments before going live. In just one year, we transformed this chaos into story-based releases, overcoming practical challenges along the way.

I will discuss the challenges I faced: a system architecture consisting of multiple websites with a distributed microservices landscape, each microservice with its own repository; no testing occurred before merging code to the main branch; and end-to-end testing was time-consuming, typically at the very end of the development process. Learn how we transitioned to a monorepo system, reducing deployment time; created several static dev environments, enabling isolated story testing; and later introduced an even better solution for end-to-end testing before merging code. These steps paved the way to story-based releases.

Join me on this journey, learn how each solution brought new challenges, and discover practical strategies to transform your development process within any domain.

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