STARWEST 2019 Tutorial: Technical Test Automation Challenges: Patterns and Solutions


Monday, September 30, 2019 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Technical Test Automation Challenges: Patterns and Solutions

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Many organizations find that test automation does not work as well as they thought it would. In many cases, these failures are due to generic technical reasons, which can be fixed with relative ease. Other solutions that have worked well are patterns, common to automation efforts at any level with whatever tools you are using. Seretta Gamba will focus on often-neglected technical issues—i.e., non-management issues—and the patterns that help solve them. These are not development or code patterns—this is a code-free tutorial. Using a set of patterns developed with Dot Graham, Seretta will look at issues such as BRITTLE SCRIPTS, INADEQUATE DOCUMENTATION, and UNFOCUSED AUTOMATION, and discusses patterns such as TESTWARE ARCHITECTURE, DATA-DRIVEN vs. KEYWORD-DRIVEN, DOCUMENT THE TESTWARE, AUTOMATE WHAT’S NEEDED, INDEPENDENT TEST CASES, TOOL INDEPENDENCE, COMPARISON DESIGN, and EXPECTED FAIL STATUS as well as other issues and patterns that participants want to investigate. Learn how to navigate efficiently through the patterns documented on the Test Automation Patterns Wiki and develop a better understanding of technical test automation challenges and solutions.

Note: We will be working online with the wiki during this tutorial, so please bring a laptop, tablet, or similar web-enabled device.

Seretta Gamba

Seretta Gamba has forty years’ experience in development and fifteen in test automation. After going through all the usual developer roles, in 2001 she was put in charge of test automation for her current company. She developed a framework that enabled her company to quickly get excellent results. After having talked about the framework at a couple of conferences, she met Dorothy Graham and was invited to write a chapter in the book Experiences of Test Automation. With Dorothy she has been developing the Test Automation Patterns Wiki and together they have just published a story book about the patterns.