STARWEST 2017 Tutorial: Technical Test Automation Challenges: Patterns and Solutions

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 8:30am to 12:00pm

Technical Test Automation Challenges: Patterns and Solutions

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Many organizations find that test automation does not work as well as they thought it would. In many cases, these failures are due to generic technical reasons, which can be fixed with relative ease. Solutions that have worked well for others are patterns; these test automation patterns are common to automation efforts at any level with whatever tools you are using. Dot Graham focuses on often-neglected technical issues—i.e., non-management issues—and the patterns that help solve them. These are not development or code patterns—this is a code-free tutorial. Using a set of patterns developed with Seretta Gamba, Dot looks at issues such as BRITTLE SCRIPTS, INADEQUATE DOCUMENTATION, and UNFOCUSED AUTOMATION, and discusses patterns such as TESTWARE ARCHITECTURE, DATA-DRIVEN vs KEYWORD-DRIVEN, DOCUMENT THE TESTWARE, AUTOMATE WHAT’S NEEDED, INDEPENDENT TEST CASES, TOOL INDEPENDENCE, COMPARISON DESIGN and EXPECTED FAIL STATUS as well as other issues and patterns that participants want to investigate. Learn how to navigate efficiently through the patterns documented on the Test Automation Patterns Wiki and develop a better understanding of technical test automation challenges and solutions.

Note: We will be working online with the wiki during this tutorial, so please bring a laptop, tablet, or similar web-enabled device.

Dorothy Graham
Software Test Consultant

In software testing for more than 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 test automation patterns wiki. 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