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Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Introducing Keyword-Driven Test Automation

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In both agile and traditional projects, keyword-driven testing—when done correctly—has proven to be a powerful way to attain a high level of automation. Many testing organizations use keyword-driven testing but aren't realizing the full benefits of scalability and maintainability that are essential to keep up with the demands of testing today's software. Hans Buwalda describes the keyword approach, and how you use it to can meet the very aggressive goal that he calls the "5 percent challenge"―automate 95 percent of your tests with no more than 5 percent of your total testing effort. Hans also discusses how the keyword approach relates to other automation techniques like scripting and data-driven testing, and the ways keywords can be used for specific situations like graphics, multimedia, and mobile. Use the information and the real-world examples that Hans presents to attain a very high level of maintainable automation with the lowest possible effort.


Hans Buwalda has been working with information technology since his high school years. In his career, Hans has gained experience as a developer, manager, and principal consultant for companies and organizations worldwide. He was a pioneer of the keyword approach to testing and automation, now widely used throughout the industry. His approaches to testing—action-based testing and soap opera testing—have helped a variety of customers achieve scalable and maintainable solutions for large and complex testing challenges. Hans is a frequent speaker at STAR conferences and is lead author of Integrated Test Design and Automation.