STARWEST 2021 Pre-conference Training : Fundamentals of Agile Test Automation
Sunday, October 3, 2021 - 8:30am to Monday, October 4, 2021 - 5:00pm

Fundamentals of Agile Test Automation

  • Explore strategies for integrating automation within the agile lifecycle
  • Understand how to collaborate with business analysts, developers, and customers to integrate automation into your team's workflow
  • Work without the need of separate, independent test automation teams
  • Explore how complex non-functional testing can be automated in a sprint
Most agile teams deliver shippable software at the end of each sprint, but some agile teams ship working software every day. Confidence at this speed can be achieved with the help of automated tests. Explore the many ways automation supports agile testing activities in this introductory course. 
Learn about automation techniques to improve regression testing, story and feature testing, and continuous integration. Test automation purpose, theory, and principles are reviewed, as well as how test automation is implemented in diverse organizations. 
This course provides real-world, vendor-neutral examples of agile test automation approaches and tools. Examples of automated tests for Test Driven Development (TDD), Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD), and Behavior Driven Development (BDD) will be given, in addition to example test descriptions, source code samples, and example test scripts.
Who Should Attend
This course is for all agile team members and those involved in the process of building, testing, and deploying software. Product owners, managers, and other business leaders will gain important insights into the benefits and trade-offs related to agile test automation. No specific prerequisites are assumed, and any technical concepts will be explained; however, attendees are expected to have some agile knowledge or experience. Technical practitioners and those currently involved in automation should consider Agile Test Automation for Practitioners.
ICAgile Certification
Successful attendees of this course are awarded the ICAgile Certified Professional in Agile Test Automation (ICP-ATA). Additionally, certified attendees will be listed on the ICAgile website, indicating their designation. Coveros recommends From Fragile to Agile: Practical Approaches to Adopting Agile and Agile Tester Certification for those seeking the ICP-ATA designation.The ICAgile certification fee is included with your registration for your convenience.

About the ICAgile
The International Consortium for Agile’s goal is to foster thinking and learning around agile methods, skills, and tools. The ICAgile, working with experts and organizations across agile development specialties, has captured specific learning objectives for the different agile development paths and put them on the learning roadmap. For more information visit


Course Outline
Introduction to test automation
What it is
How testing creates value
How automated testing creates value
Agile development and testing
Recap on agile manifesto
Agile testing quadrants
Team-based testing
Test automation techniques
Frameworks overview
Unit testing
Unit test exercise
UI testing
Kantu exercise
UI testing exercise
API testing
API exercise
System and acceptance tests
Intro to Cucumber
Cucumber in action
A new scenario
Adding a feature


Database testing and managing test data
Database exercises
Non-functional test automation
Test automation strategy
What to automate
Best practices
Integration into CI
Continuous integration exercise
Static code analysis
Static analysis exercise
Dynamic code analysis
Successful code analysis implementation
Test orbits
Test orbit exercise
Planning for automation
Automation tool selection
Staffing strategies
Planning - illustrate the system
Why does automation fail?


Class Daily Schedule
/Registration 7:30-8:30am
Morning Session 8:30am-12:00pm
Lunch 12:00-1:00pm
Afternoon Session 1:00-5:00pm
Times represent the typical daily schedule. Please confirm your schedule at registration.
Training Course Fee Includes
• ICAgile certification fee
• Digital course materials
• Continental breakfasts and refreshment breaks
• Lunches
• Letter of completion

Byron Katz has been in love with computers since his father bought the family a Commodore 64. A degreed architect, he found his way back to software development in 2010, and his career has included roles as a quality assurance lead, a full-stack developer, consultant, and sales engineer. Byron has experience at software firms ranging from start-ups to large enterprises to government projects. His primary project experience has been as a full-stack developer of multi-tier web projects in Java and .Net, but most recently Byron has had the opportunity to practice DevOps. He enjoys making seemingly-difficult concepts accessible to a larger audience, and his agenda is to persuade others that the costs of quality, simplicity, and beauty pay for themselves in the long run.