“Test automation” is a hot topic. If you are in the testing field, then you are probably being pressured to automate your work. But how should you go about it? Only certain specific aspects of testing can be automated, so which aspects should you focus on first? There are lots of expensive tools you could use, but there are also free tools, and maybe you can create some tools yourself. What should you NOT focus on? What traps must you try to avoid? How can AI help — or hurt?
Creating, applying, and maintaining useful automation to support testing can be immensely valuable. It’s also a huge challenge. This one-day workshop is designed to help you meet that challenge, looking through the lenses of the Rapid Software Testing Methodology. This class is targeted towards testers, managers, and developers.
This class is a one-day overview and summary of Testers and Automation: Avoiding the Traps. We generally recommend The Rapid Software Explored course before diving into the RST Focused: Automation class but the Waitangi Day holiday on Tuesday prompts an exception in this case.
In this class, we’ll help you — and through you, your organization — to expand notions of automation beyond GUI or API output checking. We will show you some creative uses of inexpensive tools. We’ll help you to analyze dimensions of cost and value, and to evaluate how different kinds of tools can help or hurt your testing. And we’ll talk about how to recognize and learn from things that happen in the Secret Life of Automation.