Test Automation day, an impression of the program

Recently the program for the Test Automation day has been revealed. On Thursday 20th of June, many testers will gather for the 3th edition of this conference which is all dedicated to automated software testing. I remember the first edition of the conference was lacking the real technical content. To my experience the participants were testers that had an interest in automation, testers that had a lot of experience in test automation frameworks and had a solid tool knowledge, but the real programmer kind of testers where not there. With this observation still in memory, I checked the program on hard-core automation topics. This year also, the conference seems to be anything but a tech-development day. However there are several case studies that promise to provide practical tips. I am curious what practical tips Mat Heusser will give on “the checks that are most valuable to automate”. Lionel Briand is contributing with 20 years of experience of model based testing. Still for many testers Test Automation seems to be topic wider than scripting, and therefore the conference offers a lot of non-tech topics, e.g.

The business case of Testing seems to be relevant topic. Since value and costs are mentioned by many speakers. My colleague Egbert Bouman will be talking about working with autist testers to effectively automate your regression test set.  Luckily Big data (Jean-Paul Varwijk) and TDD are on the program. Stephen Freeman will give a limited edition workshop, that you might want to check out.

Rix Groenboom is doing good work with back office virtualization, which just goes to show what a wide topic test-automation really is. I previous blogged about excel testing and Felienne Hermans will tell you all about it. Agile comes with  challenges, and dominates with a whole track. Huib Schoots and Miel Donkers will explain the impact if CI and CD. Will we finally start designing in such a way, that test cases can easily be derived (Bryan Bakker)? Future trends indicate that automation will gain importance over the next few years.

Check out Emily Bachne for a look into the future. But of course be invited to join my session also. Although automation will gain importance, you still need to convince your management to invest, and dear testing colleague, “they look at you tell them whether they should automate”.

See the full program on the conference website

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3 Responses to Test Automation day, an impression of the program

  1. Derk-Jan, if you want to meet one of the “real programmer kind of testers” as you put it, go listen to Roy de Kleijn and his talk on “Structural Automated Web Service Testing”. He is a true programmer in test in my view.
    I consider myself quite technical and quite knowledgeable in test automation, but when it comes to the real strong programmer kind of person, go meet him. He is really first and foremost a developer and happens to work in testing and test automation.

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    • Hi Martijn, Thanks for the tip. Could be interesting. I like how you put it. He is foremost a developer that happens to work in testing. Although test and dev are growing towards eachother, we still have to those foremost testers, that happen to have TA knowledge and the foremost developers…With critical note in the blog, I try to state that there seems to be a space between the two, which might be a very interesting gap to bridge. But no doubt, the comming years we will, and specialist conferences like the TA day will contribute to that.

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      • I fully agree there still is a sizable gap between the “traditional” tester with some test automation knowledge and the strong test automation engineers who are more developers than testers.
        Challenge is how to bridge this gap. Quite a few of the so called technical testers are not interested in learning how to properly code, they prefer to rely on tooling to do that part for them. Which often leads to high cost automation projects with a relatively low ROI in comparison.

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