Software Test Automation: Developing an Infrastructure Designed for Success

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Summary:

Automation tools are often viewed as a cure-all that will instantly reduce test cost and effort. However, without up-front planning and infrastructure design, automated tests can quickly become difficult to create and maintain, and the tools nothing more than expensive shelf ware. This paper describes how to initiate a successful automation effort by developing standards and processes for automation and an infrastructure designed for success.

Automation tools are often viewed as a cure-all that will instantly reduce test cost and effort. However, without up-front planning and infrastructure design, automated tests can quickly become difficult to create and maintain, and the tools nothing more than expensive shelf ware. This paper describes how to initiate a successful automation effort by developing standards and processes for automation and an infrastructure designed for success.

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Bea Patterson's picture Bea Patterson

Bea Patterson has over fifteen years' experience in both software development and software testing. She has worked for Siemens Building Technologies for over fifteen years. Bea has been involved in all areas of software process improvement and software testing. She is the leader for the software test core team in the organization and her major responsibilities include leading the core team, developing test standards, and identifying areas of test process improvement. Bea is currently the test lead for one of the new development efforts within the organization. Bea has a B.S. in CIS from DeVry Institute of Technology. Contact Bea Patterson – bea.patterson@sbt.siemens.com Siemens Building Technologies, Inc. 1000 Deerfield Parkway Buffalo Grove, IL 60689.

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