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Mark Fewster

Grove Software Testing Ltd.

Mark Fewster has more than thirty years of experience in software testing ranging from test management to test techniques and test automation. For the past two decades, Mark has provided consultancy and training in software testing, published papers, and co-authored Software Test Automation and Experiences of Test Automation with Dorothy Graham. A popular speaker at conferences worldwide, Mark has won the Mercury BTO Innovation in Quality Award. He is currently helping ISTQB define the expert level certification for test automation.

Speaker Presentations
Monday, October 13, 2014 - 1:00pm
Half-day Tutorials
Test Automation Patterns: Issues and Solutions SOLD OUT

Automating system level test execution can result in many problems. It is surprising to find that many people encounter the same problems yet are unaware of common solutions that worked well for others. These problem/solution pairs are called “patterns.” Seretta Gamba recognized the commonality of these test automation issues and their solutions and, together with Mark Fewster, has organized them into Test Automation Patterns. Although unit test patterns are well known, Seretta’s and Mark’s patterns address more general issues. They cover management, process, design, and execution patterns to help you recognize common test automation issues and show you how to identify appropriate patterns to solve the problems. Issues such as No Previous Automation, High ROI Expectations, and High Test Maintenance Cost are addressed by patterns such as Maintainable Testware, Tool Independence, and Management Support.

Bring your laptop to gain access to an offline version of the wiki during the tutorial.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 - 8:30am
Full-day Tutorials
Successful Test Automation: A Manager’s View SOLD OUT

Many organizations invest substantial time and effort in test automation but do not achieve the significant returns they expected. Some blame the tool they used; others conclude test automation just doesn't work in their situation. The truth, however, is often very different. These organizations are typically doing many of the right things but they are not addressing key issues that are vital to long term test automation success. Describing the most important issues that you must address, Mark Fewster helps you understand and choose the best approaches for your organization—no matter which automation tools you use. We’ll discuss both management issues—responsibilities, automation objectives, and return on investment—and technical issues—testware architecture, pre- and post-processing, and automated comparison techniques. If you are involved with managing test automation and need to understand the key issues in making test automation successful, join Mark for this enlightening tutorial.