Beyond Coding: Test Automation as Art

Katrina Clokie

The rise of test automation is changing the testing landscape as organizations urgently accelerate their automation goals. As demand for automation increases, those accountable for testing roles are learning to write code, but few are learning the skills that support the creation of truly useful automated assets. Just as using a paintbrush does not make an artist, writing code does not make an engineer. Without a wider perspective, we can end up with test automation frameworks and tests that are inefficient and difficult to maintain. As a test practice manager at a major financial institution, Katrina Clokie has experience defining and implementing enterprise test automation strategy. Join Katrina as she challenges us to step back from coding and think about the bigger picture. Discover how to effectively evaluate existing test automation assets, define a vision for automation, collaborate on creating innovative automation solutions, apply automated visual regression, establish coding dojos, and develop and maintain stable automated suites.

About the Presenter

Katrina Clokie leads a team of around a hundred testers as a test practice manager in Wellington, New Zealand. Katrina is an active contributor to the international testing community as the author of A Practical Guide to Testing in DevOps , an international keynote speaker , a cofounder of the WeTest New Zealand testing community, the founder of Testing Trapeze magazine, and a frequent blogger and tweeter. Her complete professional profile is available on LinkedIn .

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