STARWEST 2020 Tutorial: Better Test Design for Great Test Automation


Monday, October 5, 2020 - 2:00pm to 5:30pm

Better Test Design for Great Test Automation

Test automation is an essential element in modern system development. And test design can make or break automation efforts throughout the entire CI/CD pipeline. We want automated tests to find problems in a build quickly, run without a hitch, and be easily maintained. However, if tests are badly structured and unnecessarily detailed, you may have a hard time automating them—even with great tools and great technical expertise. Hans Buwalda explores how testers, both technical and non-technical, can design or restructure tests to make them suitable for automation. In this session, you’ll learn how domain language approaches like keywords and BDD can support a modular organization of tests that encourages efficient test design for successful automation. Such tests then can run without hitches, helping the tools pipeline to run smoothly. And they can be maintained easily, so they can keep up with changes in the application or its environment. Take with you a template test design to give you a head start in getting your tests organized and ready for automation.


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.