Not Your Parents’ Test Automation: Application of Non-Traditional Automation

Paul Grizzaffi

Most software organizations have a test automation initiative—some just beginning and others humming right along. Typically, these initiatives focus on traditional automation—using a software package to automate test cases or user stories. However, if you use only the traditional approaches to automation, you will miss opportunities to exploit the complete powers of automation. Paul Grizzaffi shares real-world examples where non-traditional automation or “automation assist” approaches, including high volume automated testing, have provided high business value testing in his company. He highlights instances where traditional methods could not have provided the same level of testing. Paul shares thoughts to keep in mind when implementing automation assists and demonstrates examples of helpers he’s created from tools not traditionally used for test automation. Rather than focusing on how many test cases you can automate, discover how non-traditional test automation can help you do the best job possible.

About the Presenter

Paul Grizzaffi is a principal automation architect at Magenic. His career focus has been on the creation and deployment of automated test strategies, frameworks, tools, and platforms. Paul has created automation platforms and tool frameworks based on proprietary, open source, and vendor-supplied tool chains in diverse product environments of telecom, stock trading, e-commerce, and healthcare. A Certified ScrumMaster, he is on the Industry Advisory Board of the Advanced Research Center for Software Testing and Quality Assurance at UT Dallas. Contact Paul via LinkedIn or Twitter and read his blog.

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