The Pothole of Automating Too Much

Paul Holland

Is your company spending a lot of time and effort on an automation strategy while your customers believe that product quality has not improved? Does management see automation as a silver bullet that will save money, increase coverage, and reduce headcount? Do you work for a company where the goal is (almost) 100 percent test automation? Paul Holland discusses issues and problems with these approaches and perceptions about test automation. He provides strong arguments why the “automate everything” approach is not likely to be successful and provides details of an alternative, balanced approach that will generally yield higher quality software. Paul discusses the difference between testing and checking, details five problems that can and do occur in situations where companies try to automate too much, tells real life stories from companies he has worked with, and provides details of a broader, more balanced solution.

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