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Webinar: 6 Helpful Practices for Better Test Automation

Many of the problems we face in Test Automation aren’t unique. They are problems we’ve seen before and will see again. Knowing these patterns helps us more quickly understand what will and won’t work in a given situation. This presentation will go over 6 patterns helpful to test automation development. […]

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, […]

Webinar: Continuous Integration and How it Affects Testing

What is Continuous Integration (CI)? Why use it? How is testing affected by CI? Do you ever sit in meetings where developers talk about Continuous Integration and wonder what it is and why they’re talking about it? Then this webinar is for you! No understanding of CI necessary! We’ll talk […]

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 […]

Clarifying the Role of Test Automation Engineer

The Role of Test Automation Engineer Updated (6/26/17) – Clarified how much manual is “required” for test automation. I’ve been made aware of assumptions I made in my last post about allocating automation engineers’ time. Please read that before reading this. We all function on assumptions everyday at one level or […]

Allocating Automation Engineers Time

Allocating Automation Engineers Time Update (6/26/17): I’ve updated to clarify amount of manual testing I’m referring to. Update (10/17/16): I’ve clarified some of the terminology here in a new post. People want to believe automation engineers are not software engineers. But, the same skills and environment that are needed for […]

Transitioning from Manual Testing to Automated Testing

The Journey – Transitioning to Automated Testing I love working with teams to transition from manual testing to automated testing. One of my favorite things is walking with teams in that journey and helping shine a light out in front of them. If you don’t know the path or can’t see […]

An Uncomfortable Truth

An Uncomfortable Truth Several months ago I started writing down my beliefs about testing. One of those beliefs was: My customers are: Developers, Product Owners, my clients’ Customers, Management, Operations, and other Testers. Another was: The most important thing I can do is give accurate, clear, fast, and concise information […]

Risk Assessment

My clients –Product Owners– have the right to determine acceptable level of risk for the application Who else would? How often, as testers, do we find ourselves arguing adamantly about a certain test or piece of functionality? It needs more testing. I don’t think it works. Why can’t we spend more […]