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5 top pain points of test automation


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Working in many companies as consultant, delivery manager or tech lead I have always seen the same mistakes made in test automation process. I could count successful cases on fingers of one hand. Sometimes people don’t understand the true value of test automation, sometimes just could not organize this process spending lots of money and time without any significant result. I want to share 5 top mistakes aggregated from whole my practice and solutions I recommend for them.

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5 top pain points of test automation

  1. 1. 5 easy ways how to ruin your test automation Mikalai Alimenkou @xpinjection
  2. 2. Disclaimer This talk is based on personal experience
  3. 3. #1. Dedicated automation team
  4. 4. It is hard to test untestable application Historical scenarios is not in team top priority No team responsibility for quality
  5. 5. #2. Developers are not involved
  6. 6. Bad test design and missed standards Many decisions are based on assumptions Developers don’t care and break tests
  7. 7. #3. QA responsible for test failures
  8. 8. Lack of team responsibility Not enough knowledge for high effectiveness Stupid full time job for QA engineers
  9. 9. #4. Missed test strategy
  10. 10. Testing efforts are not distributed Lack of common vision on test automation Too much efforts in complex tests
  11. 11. #5. Invite your own framework
  12. 12. Theoretical needs are covered in framework “Senior” QA engineers leaving when framework is done ROI is not always taken into account
  13. 13. @xpinjection