Test Automation with Open Source Tools using An Agile Development Process

Peter Dignan, ProtoTest LLC

Test automation, open source tools, and agile methods are three important trends in software development. By employing and integrating all three, a project team at Comcast was able to quickly build and deliver a critical application to its customers. Pete Dignan and Dan Lavender discuss the rationale behind the decision to follow an XP-like process in this case study. They explain how the
team concluded that test automation would be a critical component of success in the agile process. Learn about the successful framework of open source tools chosen to reduce project cost while providing needed flexibility to the development and test team. With the agile development process and automated test tools they employed, the project team met an aggressive schedule while responding to fluctuating user requirements. The end result was significantly improved return on investment (ROI) for the business-and more importantly, very satisfied customers.

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