[eBook] Test Automation Anecdotes

Software test automation has moved beyond a luxury to become a necessity. Applications and systems have grown ever larger and more complex, and manual testing simply cannot keep up. This eBook produced for the EuroSTAR Software Testing Community contains a collection of test automation anecdotes taken from Dorothy Graham & Mark Fewster’s book entitled: ‘Experiences of Test Automation.’

An anecdote is a short account of an incident (especially a biographical one). Numerous people have given an account of their experiences – they are all independent, so they can be read in any order.

Contributors include: Randy Rice, Molly Mahai, Jonathan Lee Wright, Tess Benzie, Kai Sann, Douglas Hoffman, Jon Hagar, Mike Bartley, Adrian Smith, George Wilkinson, Michael Albrecht, Michael Snyman and Julian Harty.



dorothy-grahamDorothy Graham has been in software testing for 40 years, and is co-author of 4 books: Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing and Experiences of Test Automation.

Dot is a popular conference speaker world-wide, was programme chair for EuroSTAR 1993 and 2009, and has been on the boards of conferences and publications in software testing. She was a founder member of the ISEB Software Testing Board and was a member of the working party that developed the ISTQB Foundation Syllabus.

She was awarded the European Excellence Award in Software Testing in 1999 and the first ISTQB Excellence Award in 2012.


mark-fewsterMark Fewster has over 30 years of industrial experience in software testing ranging from test management to test techniques and test automation. In the last two decades Mark has provided consultancy and training in software testing, published papers and co-authored two books with Dorothy Graham, “Software Test Automation” and “Experiences of Test Automation”. He is a popular speaker at national and international conferences and seminars, and has won the Mercury BTO Innovation in Quality Award.

Mark has served on the committee of the British Computer Society’s Specialist Interest Group in Software Testing (BCS SIGiST) and is currently helping ISTQB in defining the expert level certification for test automation.