Why Test Automation Fails and How to Make it Succeed


PollnerAutomated testing continues to be an enigma despite a vast selection of tools. Organizations looking to increase efficiency in testing often turn to automation but the results are mixed at best. Often, despite best intentions, automation solutions rival the complexity of development projects. This added complexity requires that additional resources create and maintain automated scripts, thus increasing the overall test team size which can impact sought-after efficiency.

Keys to automation success need to factor in organizational commitment, staff readiness to take on the task, and a strategy to fuse automation into the overall test process. Each project needs to analyze and determine the best automated test solution that fits their needs. In this presentation Andrew Pollner, CTFL, analyzes the many factors that contribute to success and failure and provides the expertise and encouragement from having architected and led successful automation efforts.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Understanding the big picture before embarking on automation
  2. Common mistakes and how to avoid them
  3. Getting the right team in place to develop and sustain automation
  4. Applying  concepts from the ISTQB Test Automation Engineering Syllabus
  5. Propagating throughout the organization