What can bobsledding teach us about continuous testing?

Not enough speed when testing, means applications are delayed, allowing competitors to gain an edge.

About 10 years ago I decided to do something crazy and try the bobsled run in Park City, Utah. For a princely sum of money you and 2 of your family or friends can climb into a sled with a trained pilot and go careening down the course. After about 55 seconds you will have experienced 70 mph turns with G forces exceeding your comfort zone for sure. I was in the back of the sled and so I took the brunt of everyone’s combined weight going into each turn. It was an experience that I’ll never forget. It was fast, exhilarating, and over much sooner than I had expected!

Next month begins the biggest Winter event of year and bob sledding will be one of the premier events. I watch this event with a different perspective because I’ve experienced it. Of course, I was just a passenger and I relied on the skill of a trained pilot who knew how to navigate each turn, adjust our speed and deliver us safely to the bottom of the $25 million course. Speed matters. Not enough speed and the team will lose the race. Too much speed can be catastrophic and end the team’s chance for gold.

Speed matters when testing applications

Testing has become the bobsled run of Continuous Delivery. Not enough speed when testing means applications are delayed, allowing competitors to gain an edge. Too much speed without the right testing tools or approach can also deliver negative results. Applications are rushed to market with defects. These defects impact revenue damage brand reputation. The right balance between speed and direction matters when companies are trying to achieve the goal of continuous application delivery. It takes a team of testers, developers and ops to achieve testing gold. It takes communication and open dialogue.

Development teams (ops, dev, QA) within companies understand that in order to compete successfully in today’s economy, they have to deliver software faster, with higher quality, reduced risk and cost. The only way this is going to happen is development and QA teams develop a rapid delivery approach that can build quality software continuously. We call this the modern software factory. But it takes collaboration. Getting all sides of your company to buy into the vision of Continuous Delivery takes open dialogue and finding middle ground.

Go for Continuous Testing gold

I know you’ve all heard about Continuous Delivery before and perhaps you are trying to implement it now. Perhaps you’ve decided that it’s too difficult or that it’s just another concept that is a mirage, always in the distance, but never achievable. Make 2018 the year that you really make headway with Continuous Delivery and Continuous Testing.

Join us for our Winter Webcast Series to learn how you can bring your teams together, shift your testing earlier in the process, create solid test cases and deliver software faster than you ever thought possible. This is one bobsled run you don’t want to miss. Let our trained pilots guide you down the continuous testing track and win testing gold. Attend each session below and be entered in a drawing to win a pair of Beats by Dre headphones:


  • Deliver Better Software Faster with Continuous Testing – 2/5/2018
  • Stop Writing Tests. Build Models Instead – Automatically at Speed! – 2/12/2018
  • Sprint to the (Application) Finish with GDPR-Compliant Test Data – 2/14/2018
  • Shift Happens! The power of Performance Testing with CA Service Virtualization and CA BlazeMeter – 2/28/2018
  • Adapting Application Testing and Release to the Modern, Cloud-Based Software Factory – 3/07/2018


Official rules of the drawing can be found here.

Jeff Hughes is a Product Marketing manager for CA Technologies in Application Test. He has…


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