Blind Alleys in Automated Testing

Douglas Hoffman, Software Quality Methods LLC

More often than not, even modest software test automation efforts fail to achieve their goals. Usually these project shortcomings happen because the introduction of test automation reduces the effectiveness of the test group, thereby reducing the number of tests and the number and complexity of product defects found. Several common misconceptions about the value and techniques for software test automation contribute to this problem. Douglas Hoffman explores some of the more common issues and addresses how to recognize and avoid them. He delves into each blind alley, describing each one and showing you how and why they sometimes lead to failure. He then offers you strategies for understanding and avoiding them.

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