Champions League Test Automation – Our 11 Key Players

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Champions League Software TestingDuring the last 10 years I have worked on 4 different test automation projects in 4 different companies. According to <MY> expectations none of these projects have been successful. I would say, a few of them even stranded… Why? Because “something” was forgotten, eliminated from the origin plan or implemented incomplete or even wrong.

When taking over the responsibility for my current test automation project, my boss has given me 2 years time and enough resources to do it right – at least to try it. With the lessons learned of the previous projects we found “11 key players” to be nominated for our test automation team to get it up and running – and to be able to play in the Champions League!

The presentation shows how to set up the defense of the test automation system to have it simple, robust, maintainable and always up and running. An easy to use traceability is just one example of a good defender.

The midfield makes it effective, adoptable and understandable. Thorough logging and efficient debugging ensures that every test run is analyzed. Parallelism guarantees that results are available over night even for huge test suites.

And Test Automation can be even – and has to be – offensive: Target-oriented test runs get the most out of the automation and with diversion the test automation is able to detect new bugs. Internal and external promotion provides support and motivation.

The own team has to be world-class, as also the “opponents” have good players: How to detect attack attempts and how to block them?

Finally our “course of the match” is presented: What has happened before the kick-off, during the 1st and 2nd half time and in the extra time? And the fascinating question is answered: Will the game be stopped by a final whistle?

All the 11 key players and the opponents are presented with anecdotes and proven with the practical background of our test automation framework.

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  • Speaker

  • Matthias Ratert - Test Manager, PROGNOST Systems GmbH, Germany

    Matthias Ratert is an experienced testing professional with 16 years’ experience in software development and testing. Currently Matthias is leading the test and quality department at PROGNOST Systems GmbH, Germany. Before he was working for Nokia, Visteon (automotive), Teleca (mobile communications) and Secusmart GmbH (encrypted mobile communications). Matthias has spoken at EuroSTAR 2009 and 2012, iqnite Germany and the Agile Testing Days.

  • Manuel Meiners - , PROGNOST Systems GmbH, Germany

    Manuel Meiners is a software developer and tester.

    Since completing his Master thesis at PROGNOST Systems GmbH, Germany, two and a half years ago he improves the software test infrastructure for the same company.
    He develops specialized software for testing PROGNOST’s products and specifies and implements interfaces for integrating PROGNOST software and algorithms into their test environment to test and evaluate them more efficiently.

    Furthermore he is an enthusiast for modern software engineering patterns, approaches and architectural styles and their impact on software quality and testability.