[Download] Seven Proven Ways to Ruin Your Test Automation

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There are plenty of books, blogs, talks etc. that teach how to do good test automation. The problem comes when trying to convince management to support these efforts. Showing them that what is being done right now in their company is exactly one of the disruptive methods I describe, usually gives them a beneficial jolt! By describing seven proven methods to destroy test automation I give managers, testers and automators not only the means to recognize early on if their automation is in danger, but by ‘warning’ against possible defences I will actually give them the tools to counter and solve such issues.

Solutions to most test automation issues have already been found and applied by experienced practitioners. Together with Dorothy Graham, we have collected such solutions (Patterns) in a public wiki (the Test Automation Patterns wiki) and in this e-book I will point out which patterns to apply to solve the presented methods (Issues).

Some examples of the ‘methods’:

  • Let a lone champion keep all important knowledge to himself or herself.
  • Develop all your scripts or keywords exclusively within a specific tool.
  • Ignore good programming practices.
  • Set impossible goals.

Key Takeaways:

  • Recognize test automation issues before they can do real harm
  • Get a set of proven solutions to those same issues
  • Know how to access and use the test automation patterns wiki
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About Seretta Gamba

Seretta Gamba has 40 years’ experience in software development and fifteen in test automation. After going through all the usual developer roles, in 2001 she was put in charge of test automation. She developed a framework that enabled her company to quickly get excellent results. Having talked about the framework in a couple of conferences she met Dorothy Graham and was invited to write a chapter in the book, Experiences of Test Automation. With Dorothy Graham she has been developing the Test Automation Patterns Wiki. In 2018 they have published a book about the patterns, ‘A Journey through Test Automation Patterns

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