SauceCon Speaker Profile - Melissa Benua

Posted Jan 30th, 2019

This article was originally published on, and is the second in a series of articles highlighting speakers at SauceCon 2019. SauceCon brings together the global community of Sauce Labs users and continuous testing experts to learn from each other and level up their automated testing and continuous delivery skills. This year’s event will be held April 23-25 in Austin, Texas.


SauceCon speaker Melissa Benua loves horses and riding dressage. Derived from a French word that means “training,” dressage is all about creating strength, discipline and precision. It’s fitting, because she is also passionate about training and mentoring junior-level engineers and increasing developer efficiency—which she’ll be talking about in her presentation.

At SauceCon 2019, Melissa will present “Continuous Deployment for ‘Mature’ Codebases.” I asked her why this topic was important to her. She said “When starting a new project, it’s easy to take advantage of modern agile development practices, because you’re starting from scratch! However, the reality is that isn’t the case for most projects. Our challenge then is how we can take code that may be many years old and transform it into a lean, mean, continuously-deploying machine.”

In her presentation, Melissa plans to deliver just that: a roadmap for how to get from a release cycle that may take weeks or months to one that deploys on-demand. She will leverage her personal experience in significantly re-architecting the deployment structure and offer practical advice to anyone managing a more mature codebase.

Melissa has worked in nearly every software development role there is—dev, test, DevOps, and program management—at companies big and small and somewhere in-between. She has created and run high availability, high-quality services for PlayFab, Bing, Cortana, and Xbox One, and now at mParticle as a senior technical lead.

When she’s not poring over code or training newer engineers, Melissa enjoys spending time with her two small children—and of course, riding her horse. She travels extensively and presents at industry conferences worldwide.
You can hear from Melissa and more than 30 other expert speakers at SauceCon 2019, the third-annual Sauce Labs user conference. To see a full list of presentations or to register, visit the SauceCon website._x000C_

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Rebecca Cramer