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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 […]

What I Believe About Testing

Recently, I found it necessary to enumerate my beliefs about testing. I thought it would be good to share them with you. I’m sure these will change over time, as they have changed to this point. I’d like to know your thoughts in the comments. Enjoy. ~Paul What I believe […]

The Perfect Dev & Test Environment

Can you imagine? See how close your organization is… The team barista brings you your favorite coffee as you arrive. You sit down to your desk where a handwritten thank-you note from the CEO is on your keyboard. It reads “I don’t have a clue what you do, but I […]

How to Get Better: Understand Roles

I’ve been writing lately about how to get better as an automation engineer (here and here). So far we’ve focused on advancing in a technical sense and specifically with becoming better at programming. There is much more to automated testing, however. Recently, I’ve been trying to write a post about […]

Organizational Patterns for Automated Testing

I originally posted this in 2013. Since then, I’ve rethought this post, originally titled “Write Tests Faster”. I’ve modified this post to reflect my current thinking. First and foremost, the title changed because this post is really about how technical decisions effect your team. Enjoy…   Some of the biggest gains […]

Getting Started with Automated Testing

Are you stuck at the starting line, surveying the landscape of automation products? Why not automate today? Are you convinced you’ll need months of development BEFORE writing test cases? It doesn’t have to be this way. Here’s how to avoid wasting time and money implementing automated testing in your environment! […]