You can start painting without learning how to draw, but a good artist can tell — just by looking at a painting— if a work of art was done by someone who was an experienced artist, or a novice. Similarly, you can start automation without much training, but an engineer, well versed in automation, can quickly tell whether someone is practiced or not.
In this talk, I explain how the Art and Science of Automation can lead us from being a novice to being an expert, and argue that the Science of Automation will help us with our approach in the process of automation, and the frameworks that could be used. But the Science of Automation does not stand alone. In order to achieve its goal of contributing to the quality of the application and allowing the team to test and release software in a timely manner, there is another integral piece that needs to be addressed: “what to automate?” Answering this question is what I call the Art of Automation. This is the subjective piece of automation and the mistakes when answering it are not easily detectable. Addressing it can only be achieved by a good understanding of what testing is and how to test.
Mandana Nabizadeh – Principal Test Automation Engineer, Discount Tire Co.
Mandana Nabizadeh is a Principal Test Automation Engineer at Discount Tire Co. She received her Master of Science in Information Systems with a concentration in Database Systems from Lawrence Technological University in Michigan. She has been working in test automation and development for the past 14 years. Mandana has worked on multiple automation initiatives and is passionate about building powerful automated test suites. She believes in evaluating new solutions for various challenges we face in the automation field that could improve the quality of the delivered product. In her free time, she enjoys learning new languages, reading, music, hiking, swimming and spending time with her family.