Lessons in seeking the test automation silver bullet.

So perhaps there is a silver bullet, but you are going to have to find the right one for you and look after it. In order to make test automation successful there will be different tools deployed in different places by different people, one tool will not do it all. Each will have their own successes and criteria for success ideally in an integrated strategy to Software Quality Assurance.  This is great, because you don’t have to find a single silver bullet.  There are many and they can be selected to fit the needs of each case and the people involved in the different phases, all the way from unit testing to UAT.

  • There is not only one, there may be many.
  • One person’s or company’s success may not map to your needs.
  • Get good at testing first so you don’t try and automate a bad approach.
  • Choose tools that match the need and skills.
  • Do not build an on-going maintenance burden.
  • Don’t do it all at once.
  • Do something, a small step if you cannot take a big one.
  • Look at the big picture and all the areas that are involved.
  • Look for actions that bring multiple benefits.

This is an extract from a whitepaper titled “The Test Automation Silver Bullet, Myth or Reality?”

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