Automation Adoption

One of the basic challenges with test automation is adoption.  I can’t tell you how many times I’ve cataloged licenses for a company and found out they already have many different automation software packages, none of which is being used.  Traditionally I’ve been told that is because the tools don’t work and that the teams had a hard time implementing the automation.

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LogiGear
LogiGear Corporation provides global solutions for software testing, and offers public and corporate software testing training programs worldwide through LogiGear University. LogiGear is a leader in the integration of test automation, offshore resources and US project management for fast, cost-effective results. Since 1994, LogiGear has worked with Fortune 500 companies to early-stage start-ups in, creating unique solutions to meet their clients’ needs. With facilities in the US and Viet Nam, LogiGear helps companies double their test coverage and improve software quality while reducing testing time and cutting costs.

Impressions from Star West 2009 in Anaheim

I had the privilege to visit and present at the 2009 Star West conference in the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim.

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Hans Buwalda
Hans leads LogiGear’s research and development of test automation solutions, and the delivery of advanced test automation consulting and engineering services.

He is a pioneer of the keyword approach for software testing organizations, and he assists clients in strategic implementation of the Action Based Testing™ method throughout their testing organizations. Hans is also the original architect of LogiGear’s TestArchitect™, the modular keyword-driven toolset for software test design, automation and management. Hans is an internationally recognized expert on test automation, test development and testing technology management. He is coauthor of Integrated Test Design and Automation (Addison Wesley, 2001), and speaks frequently at international testing conferences.

My Attempt to Clarify My “Everything” statement

I got some comments on my post “Test Everything all the Time” — most notably people commenting that it’s impossible to test “everything”.  I can’t agree more.  The intention of the post was to make the point that we need to be able to test “everything we can” all the time.  That is, you should be constantly iterating your automation, and not “waiting to run” the automation.  Also, the point was to talk about how test design can solve all of your problems, not the automation tool.  The tool is just an means to an end.

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LogiGear
LogiGear Corporation provides global solutions for software testing, and offers public and corporate software testing training programs worldwide through LogiGear University. LogiGear is a leader in the integration of test automation, offshore resources and US project management for fast, cost-effective results. Since 1994, LogiGear has worked with Fortune 500 companies to early-stage start-ups in, creating unique solutions to meet their clients’ needs. With facilities in the US and Viet Nam, LogiGear helps companies double their test coverage and improve software quality while reducing testing time and cutting costs.

Giving an Atomic Bomb to a Caveman…

The challenges with any automation effort is to know your capability.  I’ve seen too many automation efforts begin and end with a tool decision.  Generally these tools are very complex pieces of software that do many more things then we would ever use in our normal everyday testing.   It even adds more misery to the situation when we give this new tool to people who are entirely incapable of using and scaling the “newly” selected savior to our automation effort. Continue reading

LogiGear
LogiGear Corporation provides global solutions for software testing, and offers public and corporate software testing training programs worldwide through LogiGear University. LogiGear is a leader in the integration of test automation, offshore resources and US project management for fast, cost-effective results. Since 1994, LogiGear has worked with Fortune 500 companies to early-stage start-ups in, creating unique solutions to meet their clients’ needs. With facilities in the US and Viet Nam, LogiGear helps companies double their test coverage and improve software quality while reducing testing time and cutting costs.