Common Mistakes in Test Automation

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Summary:

This paper highlights a few of the more common mistakes that have contributed to test automation project failures and offers some thoughts on how they may be avoided.

Automating the execution of tests is becoming more and more popular as the need to improve software quality amidst increasing system complexity becomes ever stronger. The appeal of having the computer run the tests in a fraction of the time it takes to perform them manually has led many organizations to attempt test automation without a clear understanding of all that is involved. Consequently, many attempts have failed to achieve real or lasting benefits.

This paper highlights a few of the more common mistakes that have contributed to these failures and offers some thoughts on how they may be avoided.

About the author

Mark Fewster's picture Mark Fewster

Mark Fewster has 20 something years of industrial experience in software testing. Since joining Grove Consultants in 1993, he has provided consultancy and training in software testing, particularly in the application of testing techniques and test automation. He has published papers in respected journals and is a popular speaker at national and international conferences and seminars. Mark is co-author of the book Software Test Automation with Dorothy Graham, published by Addison-Wesley. In 2006 he received the Mercury BTO Innovation in Quality Award.

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