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Test Automation Myths & Realities By Al Cers (CME QA Mgr) CHICAGO AGILE OPEN SPACE JUNE 12, 2012
Lightening talk objectives Offer experience-based insight Share opinions Generate discussion Leave with some improvement ideas
Lightening talk topics Software Testing Test Automation Myths Test Automation Realities Test Automation Practices
Software Testing “…what many contemporary programmers and testers … don’t get, is that good testing is an inherently a human process– not incidentally, not accidentally, but INHERENTLY. It’s highly social and psychological. ” James Bach from What is Test Automation?
Test Automation Contributes to business value Facilitates short iterative cycles Only answer to delivering software quality
Test Automation Code driven Functional Regression
Test Automation Myths What do you think? What do others say?
Test Automation Myths You can automate all of it Will reduce number of testers Answers all of our testing challenges One size fits all Will find more bugs Covered code is fully tested Immediate return on investment
Test Automation Realities What do you think? What do others say?
Test Automation Realities Start small Set realistic expectations Tool / Framework / Iterative process Is an investment, dividends come later Need to ensure skill set Does not replace good test planning Learn from your mistakes Develop common scripting techniques
Test Automation Practices What Cover mundane repetitive tests Allocate more time to exploratory testing Whole-team effort How Test architecture Training Buy in
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