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 of or seen before. The craftsman had ventilated masks to protect his health. He had knee pads for working on the floor. He had sandpaper of all different varieties. He had saws of different types – manual, automated, precise and not. His clothes were even tailored for his work.
Which of these two craftsmen do you think the woman chose? Which would you choose?
When you’re asked to use one tool for many different use cases in your test automation which of these two craftsmen do you resemble? Which one does your management expected you to be?