test automation

Articles

Computer screen showing clean code Clean Coding Practices for a Scalable Test Automation Framework

Many organizations are looking to expand their automation abilities by designing and developing test automation frameworks. However, we often abandon good coding practices in favor of working as fast as possible. We need to treat this project like any other application development project. Here are three of the most important clean coding practices to keep in mind in order to make a scalable test automation framework.

Sumon Dey's picture Sumon Dey
Sign saying "Dead end" 6 Reasons Automation Projects Fail

No matter what the domain or company, there are some common problems that always tend to affect new automation projects. Here are six top reasons automation projects can fail. Keeping these pitfalls in mind will help you to avoid them and instead build stable automation frameworks, making the endeavor a collaborative experience so that your whole team owns automation.

Raj Subramanian's picture Raj Subramanian
Infinity symbol with test automation gear incorporated Test Everywhere: A Journey into DevOps and Continuous Testing

A move to DevOps creates an opportunity to shift the testing process to the left. But what if you went further? DevOps supports continuous testing, so you can advocate for a constant focus on quality, with testing permeating the entire software development process. Here's how you can actually have a faster testing process when the software is tested throughout the lifecycle, by developers, testers, and automation alike.

Glass bottlenecks Dealing with a Test Automation Bottleneck

The test team uses the test automation system to execute thousands of test cases because … why not? The tests are running automatically, for free, so there is no incentive to improve test efficiency. Just run them all! But eventually, as more and more tests are added, the system becomes overloaded. Test runs are delayed and you get a bottleneck. Don't throw more money—or new systems—at the problem; do this instead.

Michael Stahl's picture Michael Stahl

Better Software Magazine Articles

Supporting Continuous Testing with Automation Supporting Continuous Testing with Automation

Create tests that can be used in a continuous testing environment, build the right number of tests, and don’t fall victim to the mistaken belief that everything can be automated.

Bas Dijkstra's picture Bas Dijkstra
The Unspoken Truth about IoT Test Automation The Unspoken Truth about IoT Test Automation

The internet of things (IoT) continues to proliferate as connected smart devices become critical for individuals and businesses. Even with test automation, performing comprehensive testing can be quite a challenge.

Rama Anem's picture Rama Anem
Building a Test Automation Strategy Building a Test Automation Strategy

QA departments always feel the pressure to start testing quickly, even if the ever-changing software being tested isn’t ready. A bought-in test automation strategy can keep a project on track.

Justin Rohrman's picture Justin Rohrman
Test-Driven Service Virtualization Test-Driven Service Virtualization

Because enterprise applications are highly interconnected, development in stages puts a strain on the implementation and execution of automated testing. Service virtualization can be introduced to validate work in progress while reducing the dependencies on components and third-party technologies still under development.

Alexander Mohr's picture Alexander Mohr

Interviews

Hans Buwalda Circular Testing: An Interview with Hans Buwalda

Hans Buwalda, CTO at LogiGear, discusses shifting the paradigm from not moving testing left or right along the software development lifecycle, but testing in a continuous circle to find unexpected problems. He talks about how testing is a mindset, not just a skill, and shares his insight into helping customers get further with Selenium.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Gil Sever Making Visual Testing Visually Perfect: An Interview with Gil Sever

Gil Sever, CEO at Applitools, discusses his journey in visual testing to making your product “visually perfect.” He talks about how companies are getting started in using automation, as well as how to get involved in leveraging and implementing AI in visual testing.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
Paul Grizzaffi Nontraditional Automation Using Fuzzy Browser Testing: An Interview with Paul Grizzaffi

Paul Grizzaffi, Principal Automation Architect at Magenic, discusses nontraditional automation using fuzzy browser testing and the importance of the value stream analysis from idea to implementation. He also shares his insight on the most critical skills needed in automation.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine
System Test Automation: An Interview with Chris Loder
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Chris Loder, an automation developer at InGenius Software, discusses getting started on system-level automation and why he thinks AI cannot take over automation. Chris also gives his insights into the value of the collaboration at conferences between people at various levels.

Jennifer Bonine's picture Jennifer Bonine

Conference Presentations

Agile DevOps West Getting to Continuous Testing
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Max Saperstone tells the story of how a healthcare company striving to get to continuous releases built up their automation to secure confidence in regular releases. Initially, as no test automation existed, Max was able to capitalize on a greenfield test automation opportunity, and in the span of 12 months, develop over 2,000 test cases. A pipeline was created to verify the integrity of the automated tests and build Docker containers for simplified test execution. These containers could be easily re-used by developers and the DevOps team to verify the application. Join Max as he walks through the feedback loop that was created to allow application verification to go from hours to minutes. Max shares his choices of using BDD tooling, integrated with WebDriver solutions, to verify the state of web and mobile applications.

Max Saperstone
Agile DevOps West How to Prevent Catastrophic Doom on Your Next Federal DevOps Project
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Trying to achieve real continuous deployments into production is hard for everyone, but it’s especially hard for highly regulated or government projects. These types of challenges range from client-specific, such as a set of manual checks and validations that need to be performed, to more generic problems, like how to version microservices and promote potentially breaking changes. Join Ryan Kenney as he discusses ways that he and his team have overcome obstacles to reaching continuous deployment. First Ryan will give an overview of the project and some of the problems they’ve faced. Then he will discuss how he was able to mitigate the lack of CD to an actual production environment by creating "developer production" and focusing the CD around that.

Ryan Kenney
Agile DevOps West Building the Blocks of Trust in Automation
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When moving toward automation, establishing trust in the automation test suite is important to unite the team as a whole. Once trust is established in the process and the tests, it becomes crucial to the overall software development lifecycle. Join Sneha Viswalingam as she shares the journey of how her team of manual test engineers contributed to automation, the steps they took to build clean automation and win the confidence of the organization, and how they came to believe that the automation effort has their backs. She'll outline the strategies used to make the tests reliable and the test development and coding standards her team followed, then the tools and training provided for the manual testers to contribute to the automation efforts. Finally, she'll share the steps they took to make their automation efforts useful and visible to other teams and management by using a wallboard to display the metrics.

Sneha Viswalingam
Agile DevOps West Fishbowl Discussion: How Much Automation Is Enough?
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These days, everyone knows some automation is a necessity. More usually feels better. But when are you done? Or when do you stop for now? How can you tell if adding automation is no longer helping, or is even distracting from the real issues? Because the answer is "It depends," you'll want to listen to the wisdom of others who are on the same journey. In a fishbowl discussion, the audience members sit in a circle of chairs in the middle of the room. Several brave souls will fill all but one of the chairs in the "fishbowl." When you want to join as a speaker, you enter the fishbowl and sit in the empty chair, and one of the other speakers will voluntarily leave so that one chair is always available for a new speaker. You'll hear ideas and experiences from experts and peers alike. Come join Ryan Ripley as he facilitates this exciting conversation.

Ryan Ripley

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