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Dorothy Graham

Independent Test Consultant

In software testing for forty years, Dorothy Graham is coauthor of four books—Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing and Experiences of Test Automation—and is currently working with Seretta Gamba on a new book on test automation patterns. A popular and entertaining speaker at conferences and seminars worldwide, Dot has attended STAR conferences since the first one in 1992. She was a founding member of the ISEB Software Testing Board and a member of the working party that developed the ISTQB Foundation Syllabus. Dot was awarded the European Excellence Award in Software Testing in 1999 and the first ISTQB Excellence Award in 2012. Learn more about Dot at

Speaker Presentations
Monday, April 7, 2014 - 8:30am
Half-day Tutorials
Management Issues in Test Automation

Many organizations never achieve the significant benefits that are promised from automated test execution. Surprisingly often, this is due not to technical factors but to management issues, especially at system testing level. Surprisingly often, this is due not to technical factors but to management issues. Dot Graham describes the most important management concerns the test manager must address for test automation success, and helps you understand and choose the best approaches for your organization—no matter which automation tools you use or your current state of automation. Dot explains how automation affects staffing, who should be responsible for which automation tasks, how managers can best support automation efforts leading to success, and why return on investment can be dangerous and what you can realistically expect. Dot also reviews a few key technical issues that can make or break the automation effort. Come away with an example set of automation objectives and measures, and a draft test automation strategy that you can use to plan or improve your own automation.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 10:30am
Test Automation
Test Automation Patterns

When implementing test automation, many people encounter problems: where to start with automation, high maintenance costs for the automated tests, or unrealistic management expectations. The good news is that solutions to these problems exist and have been effectively used by many. A “pattern” is a general reusable solution to a commonly occurring problem. Patterns have been popular in software development for many years, but they are not commonly recognized in system-level test automation. Dorothy Graham shares a collection of common problems (issues) and their solutions (patterns) which she and others are now developing as a wiki. To help resolve typical issues, Dot gives you a brief guided tour of some patterns—from Maintainable Testware and Domain-Driven Testing to Fail Gracefully and Kill the Zombies. Dot helps you recognize test automation issues and shows you how to identify appropriate patterns to help solve them.