When people hear the name Gannett they often think about our national brand, USA TODAY. But we also have 109 local media organizations across the United States.
Each month more than 110 million unique visitors access content from USA TODAY and Gannett’s local media organizations, making us the largest U.S. newspaper publisher by total daily circulation.
Dealing with that many brands makes building, testing, and deploying our applications a massive undertaking. I also oversee 30 teams and one of the biggest challenges is that we don’t have a lot of QA resources.
With the manual tests we were running before, something would always go wrong during testing. Errors quickly added up and caused delays in our releases. It was taking weeks to release to production instead of the days or even hours it should have.
Our goal is to try to align our automation technology stacks with the application technology stacks so the developers can own some of that responsibility of quality. I knew that in order to achieve that quality and scale, we’d need to automate our testing.
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Greg Sypolt (@gregsypolt) is Test Automation Architect at Gannett | USA Today Network, Fixate IO Contributor, and co-founder of Quality Element. Responsible for test automation solutions, test coverage (from unit to end-to-end), and continuous integration across all Gannett | USA Today Network products.In the last three years, he has helped change the testing approach from manual to automated testing across several products at Gannett | USA Today Network. To determine improvements and testing gaps, he conducted a face-to-face interview survey process to understand all the product development and deployment processes, testing strategies, tooling, and interactive in-house training programs.