Monday 13 may I gave a presentation on the spring event of the Dutch test association (Testnet). The bottom line of this presentation is that test automation is gaining ground and becomes more and more important. Using the current trends in the IT I argue that many testers will be confronted with a form of test automation. So we better get acquainted with it (and for some this means overcome our freight for technique). I also stated that the new generation of developers (and including those the testers) are far more used to applying tools for their work, and will help to increase the adaption of test automation. For the current generation of testers, this brings an extra opportunity. For we can help them out with appointing the right tools, the way to implement automated processes in the development lifecycle and help organizations to accept test automation.
For now I’d like to share the mind map I made as preparation (click to enlarge).
But the story continues. My experience is that although test automation in inevitable, many organization are still struggling with the decision to start with automation their tests. Therefor I will pick up that storyline during the Test Automation day (20 June, in Rotterdam). I will be talking about how to help organizations to accept test automation and how we can make a business case to convince management. Important because for many organization it is vital to get started with test automation. To overcome their fear of technical testing, get acquainted with its principles and learn what works best for them. Because just like Rome, an effective automated test process is not build in a day.