Automation Anti-Patterns: Deal with Them

Dave Westerveld

Automation is vital to modern testing. But if you listen to what testers complain about, problems with test automation is a recurring theme. We complain about how hard it is to add, run, or change tests. We grumble about how difficult it is to keep up with developers who keep breaking tests and bemoan the number of bugs missed by our automation. Dave Westerveld digs into some of these frustrations and shares real-life examples of automation anti-patterns. These include test bloat and some of the reasons for it, or what happens if we don't leverage automation in the right places. Dave describes “green” tests that never fail, “red” tests that cry wolf, those tests that you love, and the ones you are afraid of. Dave shares proven solutions for correcting these issues. Learn how to recognize automation anti-patterns and leave with the solutions you need to bring your tests back from the dead and make them useful again.

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