STARCANADA 2017 Concurrent Session : Defining the Optimal Level of Test Automation

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 10:15am to 11:15am

Defining the Optimal Level of Test Automation

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Test automation scripts are largely run against stable functionality with repeatable results. But automation does not have to be just about running reliable tests against a fixed code base to make them effective; rather, you can determine the right level of automation you need to meet your project’s needs. Three levels of test automation will be discussed in this presentation: Level 1 tests exercise the simplest aspect of functionality in a module, Level 2 tests explore all module aspects except interfaces to other components, and Level 3 tests examine the deepest level of functionality in a module, including those that interface to other components. Join Jim Trentadue as he presents the academic views of each stage and provides practical examples. This session will arm QA & test professionals with the ability to improve the logic in their automation scripts and increase the chances of detecting more defects by defining their appropriate levels of test automation.

Independent Consultant

Jim Trentadue has more than seventeen years of experience as a coordinator and manager in the software testing field. In his various career roles in testing, Jim has focused on test execution, automation, management, environment management, standards deployment, and test tool implementation. In the area of offshore testing, Jim has worked with multiple large firms to develop and coordinate cohesive relationships. As a guest speaker at the University of South Florida’s software testing class, Jim mentors students on the testing industry and trends for establishing future job searches and continued training.Currently, Jim has started his own Test Automation Foundations & Principles workshop aimed at helping manual testers get started with automation.