Mark has over 30 years of industrial experience in software testing across test management, test techniques and test automation. He has provided consultancy and training in software testing, published papers and co-authored two books with Dorothy Graham, „Software Test Automation” and “Experiences of Test Automation”. Mark has spoken at numerous national and international conferences and has participated on the ISTQB working group responsible for the advanced level certification for test automation engineers.
Mark is the Director of Grove Software Testing Ltd., formerly Grove Consultants, offering ISTQB accredited training and licensed courseware, and test automation management consultancy.
KEYNOTE: Test Automation Health: keeping your test automation fighting fit and ready for the next challenge. [ENG]
Modern software development requires modern software testing, and that means the integration of test execution automation. The ability to run many more tests, repeatedly and faster than could ever be achieved with manual testing alone, is no longer a luxury but a necessity. Keeping the test automation healthy is important to ensure that it continues to support testing well.
Is your test automation giving you the support that you need and are you sure this will continue? After starting well, many test automation efforts do not grow from strength to strength but fail to keep pace with the increasing demands placed upon them. What we learn from the automated tests then becomes less useful, less reliable and misleading.
Fortunately, this decline is not inevitable. It is possible to spot the symptoms of trouble early on and act to correct the issues before they inflict long term damage.
We need to learn to distinguish between automation that is and is not healthy, by understanding the symptoms of test automation disorder and disease, and by learning what trends to monitor. Decreasing benefits, increasing costs, use avoidance and hand-holding are just some of the symptoms that we need to be looking out for.