10 Lessons learned in test automation

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10 Lessons learned in test automation

  1. 1. Testautomation10 (sometimes painful)lessons learnedMichael PalotasHead of Quality Engineering EuropeeBay InternationalMarch 2012
  2. 2. eBay Inc. Facts Founded in 1995 Based in San Jose, California 27770 Employees worldwide
  3. 3. Who is eBay?
  4. 4. Platform Facts 104 million active buyers and sellers worldwide 68 Billion USD transaction volume 2011 2000 USD transaction volume every second
  5. 5. Data Facts 2 billion page views each day 75 billion database calls each day
  6. 6. Mobile Facts 70,000,000 Downloads of the mobile app 5 billion USD transacted 2011 on mobile devices 1 million items are listed with using mobile apps every week
  7. 7. Who is behind this? Dominik Dary Staff Software Engineer in Test email: ddary@ebay.com
  8. 8. Who am I? Michael Palotas Head of Quality Engineering Europe email: mpalotas@ebay.com http://ch.linkedin.com/in/michaelpalotas 39 years old born and grew up in Germany lives in Zürich, Switzerland somewhat extroverted engineer loves test automation innovation enablerI like to do the right things and things right
  9. 9. Lesson 1: Flip the testing triangle Manual Tests Manual Tests E2E Tests E2E Automation Tests Integration Tests Unit Tests Unit Tests Inspiration: http://patrickwilsonwelsh.com/?p=32
  10. 10. Lesson 2: Everyone needs to know what isautomatedUse Test Aspects** Advantages•  Test aspects briefly describe •  Clear overview for all team “why” and “what” has to be members about test coverage tested, without describing •  Simplicity helps you to do “how” quick reviews and•  Enables for early testing walkthroughs with your product because tests can be written at owner the same time the user story is •  Enables you to identify manual created and automated test duplicates•  Test aspects are structurally •  Traceability between test derived cases and specification **Swiss Testing Day Presentation 2010: “Mit Testaspekten früh, intelligent und redundanzfrei testen” Melanie Späth Image Source: http://www.masternewmedia.org/images/social_software_impact_individual_organizations.jpg
  11. 11. Lesson 3: A Tool is not a Strategy A test tool/testing framework wont teach your testers how to test A clear testing process is mandatory for test automation Test Aspects and modeling of the Biz-Domain layer is the key success factor for your test strategy
  12. 12. Lesson 4: Write the right tests Source: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/119/269335955_03a0ff4b67_o.jpg
  13. 13. Lesson 4: Write the right tests Automate the business critical use cases of your customer Focus on end-to-end testing rather than UI component tests Design testability into your product
  14. 14. Lesson 5: Instant Feedback is essential Development Test D T D T D T D T D T D T D T D T
  15. 15. Lesson 6: Automation is software developmentSkillset & Knowledge Engineering practice•  You need people with software •  Task oriented development development skills and an helps you to get things done appetite for testing •  Follow the basic rules like lean•  Automation mindset is essential development principles•  Good understanding of the •  Design the test before coding it architecture of the application •  Do code reviews under test is required •  Your developers can give you very good feedback about your code quality
  16. 16. Lesson 7: Maintainability is king
  17. 17. Lesson 7: Maintainability is kingTechnical Debt Lean Test Automation•  Activities that result in •  Eliminate Waste Definition of Done technical debt include •  Build Quality In Reviews •  Postponing documentation and •  Create Knowledge Document the essentials writing tests •  Defer Commitment Don’t build a framework •  attending to TODO •  Deliver Fast comments and •  Ignoring compiler and •  Respect People Long Leash static code analysis •  Optimize the Whole warnings•  Knowledge that isnt shared around the organization•  Code that is too confusing to be modified easily
  18. 18. Lesson 8: Speak the same language as thedevelopers Use the same programming language as development Developers can write or maintain tests if needed Enables for a cross functional team where everyone can work on nearly every task
  19. 19. Lesson 9: Invest into the test infrastructure•  Speed up and simplify the creation of test data•  Offer and use web services•  Web based test data creation tools can be used in test automation and manual testing
  20. 20. Lesson 10: Manual testing is still very important Automated tests only do what you have implemented: at the same speed, same order, with exactly the same mouse clicks Manual testing allows you to go off the beaten path Test automation in combination with exploratory testing combine the best of both worlds Quality = Manual + Automated Testing
  21. 21. Conclusion of our ten lessons learned1.  Flip the testing triangle 6.  Automation is software2.  A tool is not a strategy development itself3.  Everyone knows 7.  Maintainability is king what’s automated 8.  Speak the same4.  Write the right tests language as the5.  Instant Feedback is developers essential 9.  Invest into the test Infrastructure 10. Manual testing is still very important
  22. 22. Thank You!Questions or Comments?

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