The Test Automation Roadmap

25-minute Talk

Test automation is a huge topic. That makes it interesting but also causes issues. The Test Automation Roadmap is a model of mindsets that helps you understand test automation issues.

Virtual Pass session

Timetable

11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Wednesday 20th

Room

Room F1 - Track 1: Talks

Audience

People who automate tests and those who want to understand them.

Key-Learning

  • The five mindsets of test automation
  • Why you always disagree with some testers
  • How to create your personal test automation roadmap
  • Which test automation mindsets to avoid
  • How to talk with all testers that automate

A model about test automation mindsets

Test automation is a huge topic that is difficult to navigate. To make matters worse, there’s no structured model to figure out how to best approach test automation. I created the Test Automation Roadmap to create some structure.

The Test Automation Roadmap is a simple yet powerful model that helps people, teams, departments, and even entire organizations navigate test automation. It defines five different test automation mindsets:

  • First steps 👣 — Prove that test automation works for your situation

  • Cherry-pick 🍒 — Automate low-hanging fruit and high-risk features

  • Everything 🚀 — Automate everything unless it takes too much effort due to technical reasons

  • Multi-team 🤝 — Automate chain tests with your neighbors

  • Enterprise 🌍 — Compliance at scale

Understanding these mindsets can help you decide what you or your team should do next. It can also help you understand how others test. And, of course, it can help you to create your personal test automation roadmap.

What test automation are you doing right now? Where do you want to end up in the future? What do you need to change to get there?

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