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Paul Merrill

Two Craftsmen

A homeowner wanted to have her hardwood floors redone. She had two different craftsmen come to her home to look over the job. One arrived in a Geo Metro with only a Leatherman. The other arrived in a Mercedes Benz work van full of tools. Tools she had never thought […]

Making the Case for Full-time Test Automation Engineers

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Test automation ROI: 5 ways to show the business benefits

This article originally posted on TechBeacon 6/20/17. It is reposted here with express written permission from TeachBeacon. Done well, test automation can return multiples of the amount of time and effort invested. Setting expectations with stakeholders and business owners is key to helping ensure that everyone is moving toward the […]

“No one knows what to do”

“No one knows what to do” Those who attend my talks know I ask folks to fill out a form with several questions on it. This morning I looked through responses to these. My original intent was to find something interesting for you. I thought, if I break down the […]

Differing Priorities for Continuous Integration

During a recent webinar on Continuous Integration (CI), I talked about the concerns of developers vs the concerns of testers in relation to CI (sign up to never miss another webinar here). The pressures developers face are different from those faced by testers. In this post I name a few […]

What Tests Should We Automate First?

It is rare that I get the question, “what tests should we automate first?” More often, folks seem to already know what they want to test. It is a forgone conclusion that they start with the biggest time-savers. They want to take the tests that take the most time to run […]

Why Offer TDD in Java? – Reason #1

Why are we offering Test Driven Development in Java starting February 27? This week I’ll post 3 reasons (read Reason #2 & Reason #3)… Reason #1: Better test automation engineers One of my goals is to push the discipline of test automation forward. To do this, I like to help test automation engineers grow. […]

Mailbag: When an Automation Engineer is Better than Devs

Are Test Automation Engineers who are better coders in the wrong place? After posting “7 Ways to Better Automation”. I received the following question about Test Automation Engineers who are better coders: If your tester can write test code better than product code that’s catch-all-error, more robust and consistent, I think he’s […]

My Introduction to Continuous Integration

My Introduction to Continuous Integration My introduction to Continuous Integration came in 2002. The first day of my work for a retail company, I walked in & we immediately discussed tasks. Then we estimated them, paired up, sat down and started working. At the desk was one keyboard, one mouse, […]

Should You Write Automated Tests for Your Automated Tests?

Should You Write Automated Tests for your Automated Tests? Recently, I posted 7 Ways to Better Test Automation on a few linkedin groups. The response was overwhelming. I appreciate all the comments, thoughts and other ideas. Several of the comments deserved more than a reply on linkedin, however. Over the […]