Getting a Good Start in Test Automation

Many organizations invest a lot of effort in test automation at the system level but then have serious problems later on. How can you ensure that your automation efforts will get off to a good start? What can you do to ensure that your automation work provides continuing value? This tutorial covers both “theory” and “practice”. Dot Graham explains the critical issues for getting a good start, and Chris Loder describes his experiences in getting good automation started at a number of companies. The tutorial covers the most important management issues you must address for test automation success, particularly when you are new to automation, and how to choose the best approaches for your organization—no matter which automation tools you use. Focusing on system level testing, Dot and Chris explain how automation affects staffing, who should be responsible for which automation tasks, how managers can best support automation efforts to promote success, what you can realistically expect in benefits and how to report them. They explain—for non-techies—the key technical issues that can make or break your automation effort. Come away with your own clarified automation objectives, and a draft test automation strategy to use to plan your own system-level test automation.

  • Speaker


    Dorothy Graham - Consultant, Dorothy Graham, United Kingdom

    Dorothy Graham has been in software testing for over 40 years, and has co-authored 4 books:

    • Software Inspection
    • Software Test Automation
    • Foundations of Software Testing
    • Experiences of Test Automation

    She currently helps develop the site,

    Dot has been programme chair for EuroSTAR Conference twice. She has also been on the boards of conferences and publications in software testing. She was a founding member of the ISEB Software Testing Board, and helped develop the first ISTQB Foundation Syllabus. She has attended every EuroStar.

    Dot was awarded the European Excellence Award in Software Testing in 1999, and the first ISTQB Excellence Award in 2012.


  • Co-Speaker

    Chris Loder - InGenius Software Canada

    An automation enthusiast to the core, Chris Loder is an automation developer leading the automation framework team at InGenius Software in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Chris’ passion to automate has carried him through two decades of automation and automation framework development. He has worked with all the greats—Visual Test, WinRunner, Quick Test Pro, Rational Functional Tester, and Selenium—and is currently focusing on starting a new framework at InGenius. At his previous employer Chris filed a patent for work done on the automation framework built there and loves to talk about it—and all things automation.