Test automation – everyone’s doing it, but very few can truly claim they’ve realized the benefits they desire (or were promised). This has led to new tools, approaches, and frameworks popping up almost daily with claims of finally achieving test automation nirvana. Unfortunately, approaching automation from a specific tool perspective often furthers the very myths and unrealistic expectations that prevent success in the first place. Similarly, your SDLC processes (agile, waterfall) and role (developer, CI/CD engineer, test engineer, etc.) often skew your view of test automation. Yes, test automation can provide significant efficiencies to our software development activities, but we must get REAL about it first.
Lee discusses how to first think about automation more generally, and then apply automation principles where and how they can bring the most benefit to your development and testing efforts. Specific topics include common automation myths and assumptions, how your past experiences and current role affect your view of automation, and how to identify potential automation opportunities unique to your situation. Take back techniques and examples for developing realistic expectations, applying a context-driven approach, and ultimately succeeding with test automation!
- Learn why viewing test automation from a specific tool or role perspective is limiting your success.
- Learn how to identify automation opportunities that are unique to your situation.
- Understand how to develop realistic expectations and apply automation principles using a context-driven approach.
Lee Barnes – Founder and CTO, Utopia Solutions
Lee has over 20 years of software quality and testing experience with a focus on test automation and performance testing. As founder and CTO of Utopia Solutions, Lee is responsible for the firm’s delivery of software quality solutions which include process improvement, test automation, performance management, and mobile quality. He speaks frequently on software testing related topics including well-received sessions at STPCon, StarEast, QUEST and many local testing and corporate events.