Tutorial I

Sharpen the Axe! An Adventure Game about Test Automation

Anne Kramer

13:30-17:00 CEST Tuesday 13th June

You wake up in a meeting. Someone has just said that your regression testing is bad. (In fact, he said something very unpleasant that we won’t repeat here.) You know perfectly well that test automation would help you with this problem. Once again, you make a good resolution to increase the number of automated tests. This is how the adventure begins. Together with your team, you will discover the product backlog, specify tests, move forward in the story, encounter expected and unexpected difficulties, and hopefully, in the end, achieve good test coverage through automated test scripts.

In this tutorial, participants will experience in a playful way how to deal with typical challenges in test automation as, for example, chaotic product backlogs, legacy test scripts, deteriorating coverage and lack of time. The audience will form groups of 4 persons and practice together well-established test design methods such as decision table testing, model-based testing, BDD and keyword-driven testing. From time to time, unexpected events will occur. To the end, the groups will discuss the different approaches they saw during the game and share their experiences with the entire audience.