Richard Bradshaw is an experienced tester, consultant, trainer and generally a friendly guy. He shares his passion for testing through consulting, training and giving presentations on a variety of topics relating to testing. With over 12 years of testing experience, he has a lot of insights in the world of testing and software development. Richard is currently the BossBoss at the Ministry of Testing, co-creator of the Automation in Testing (AiT) namespace, and blogs at https://automationintesting.comView the profile
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Want to learn more about testing automation strategy? In this talk, I’m going to share the questions I ask in order to understand the context I’m in, allowing me to create an automation strategy. We’ll then compare those questions and answers to existing models highlighting the flaws in them, but also where they can provide some direction.
Pyramids Are Ancient - Let’s Talk Automation Strategy - Richard Bradshaw | BossBoss (CEO) at Ministry of Testing
‘Richard, what tests should I automate?’ ‘What should I be automating?’ ‘What layer should I be automating on?’ ‘Where do I start with automation Richard?’ These are questions I get asked regularly. My answer every single time? ‘Checkout The Test Automation Pyramid!’, ha, of course, it’s not, it’s ‘It depends…’ That’s because there isn’t a single correct answer to any of those questions, although most are looking for one. It certainly isn’t a picture of a triangle.
However, there are steps we can take, questions we should be asking, which will lead to answers. They won’t be the right answers, but they will be enough to progress, while we learn more and continuously adapt. These questions will allow you to map out your context, arguably the most important action to maximise your automation efforts. Knowing when to ask these questions, how to progress after the answers and who to involve are the most underrated skills in automation. You can learn all the programming languages, all the frameworks and tools, but if you don’t know how to audit your own context and frame your problems, they are irrelevant.
- Understanding the importance of having an automation strategy
- A set of questions to help you understand any context and formulate an automation strategy
- How to evaluate and challenge existing automation models
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