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Wednesday, October 5, 2016 - 1:45pm to 2:45pm

Adaptive Automation: Tests that Recover Instead of Failing

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Are you tired of flaky automation scripts that fail without apparent cause? Are most script failures due to bugs in the test script rather than bugs in the product? Do you simply want to get more out of your automation framework? Many testers and organizations are frustrated with the high cost and low return of their automation frameworks. Scott Miles shares a range of techniques to convert your existing framework from brittle to adaptive. Learn how to improve the quality of your automation framework while reducing the required maintenance. Adaptive automation frameworks can locate modified UI elements that no longer match the previous selector, recover from unexpected interruptions in the test, and automatically update a test script when a change is detected. Scott says that the best part of adaptive automation techniques is that they can be applied to most existing frameworks without purchasing new tools or needing to re-write existing tests.


A quality engineer and ScrumMaster at Aconex, Scott Miles is an experienced automation engineer and testing enthusiast from Melbourne, Australia. Scott enjoys challenging what is accepted as standard practice and is always striving to get more out of his team and tools. To this end, he has published several articles and papers about the limitation of automation techniques and is constantly promoting the use of smarter and better tools. A prominent member of the Context Driven Tester community in Melbourne, Scott is an organizer of both the Australian Testing Days 2016 conference as well as the Test Engineering Alliance of Melbourne.