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Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation [Kindle Edition]

Dorothy Graham , Mark Fewster
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"What you hold in your hands is a treasure trove of hard-won knowledge about what works and what doesn't in test automation. It can save you untold hours and costs by steering you away from paths that lead nowhere and guiding you towards those that lead to success." -Linda Hayes "From tools to methodology, Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster weave a compelling set of stories that provide a learning experience in automation. This comprehensive tome is the first of its kind to take the reader deep into the world of automated testing, as depicted by case studies that show the realities of what happened across a multitude of projects spanning a wide variety of industries and technology environments. By identifying similarities and repeated themes, the authors help the reader focus on the essential learning lessons and pitfalls to avoid. Read this book cover to cover for inspiration and a realization of what it takes to ultimately succeed in test automation." -Andrew L. Pollner, President & CEO of ALP International Corporation "Many years after their best-seller Software Test Automation, Mark Fewster and Dorothy Graham have done it again. Agile methodologies have given test automation a dominant presence in today's testing practices. This is an excellent, highly practical book with many well-documented case studies from a wide range of perspectives. Highly recommended to all those involved, or thinking about getting involved, in test automation." - Erik van Veenendaal, Founder of Improve Quality Services and vice-chair of TMMi Foundation "This book is like having a testing conference in your hand, with a wealth of case studies and insights. Except that this book is much cheaper than a conference, and you don't have to travel for it. What impressed me in particular was that it is all tied together in a concise 'chapter zero' that efficiently addresses the various aspects I can think of for automation success. And that is something you will not get in a conference." -Hans Buwalda "An exciting, well-written, and wide-ranging collection of case studies with valuable realworld experiences, tips, lessons learned, and points to remember from real automation projects. This is a very useful book for anyone who needs the evidence to show managers and colleagues what works-and what does not work-on the automation journey." -Isabel Evans, FBCS CITP, Quality Manager, Dolphin Computer Access "Experiences of Test Automation first describes the essence of effective automated testing. It proceeds to provide many lifetimes worth of experience in this field, from a wide variety of situations. It will help you use automated testing for the right reasons, in a way that suits your organization and project, while avoiding the various pitfalls. It is of great value to anyone involved in testing-management, testers, and automators alike." -Martin Gijsen, Independent Test Automation Architect "This offering by Fewster and Graham is a highly significant bridge between test automation theory and reality. Test automation framework design and implementation is an inexact science begging for a reusable set of standards that can only be derived from a growing body of precedence; this book helps to establish such precedence. Much like predecessor court cases are cited to support subsequent legal decisions in a judicial system, the diverse case studies in this book may be used for making contemporary decisions regarding engagement in, support of, and educating others on software test automation framework design and implementation." -Dion Johnson, Software Test Consultant and Principle Adviser to the Automated Testing Institute (ATI) "Even with my long-established 'test automation won't work' stance, this book did make me pause and ponder. It opened my mind and gave me a few 'oh, I hadn't thought of that' moments. I would recommend this book as an initial reference for any organization wanting to introduce test automation." -Audrey Leng "This book is a stunning achievement. I believe that it is one of the best books ever written in test automation. Dot and Mark's approach presenting 28 case studies is a totally new concept including eye-catching tips, good points, and lessons learned. The case studies are coming from life experiences, successes and failures, including several aspects of automation, different environments, and a mixture of solutions. Books are 'the' source of wisdom, and what a good idea for using storytelling to increase our learning through triggering our memories. This book is a must for everyone who is thinking of or involved in test automation at all levels. It is truly unique in its kind." -Mieke Gevers


Software test automation has moved beyond a luxury to become a necessity. Applications and systems have grown ever larger and more complex, and manual testing simply cannot keep up. As technology changes, and more organizations move into agile development, testing must adapt—and quickly. Test automation is essential, but poor automation is wasteful—how do you know where your efforts will take you?


Authors Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster wrote the field’s seminal text, Software Test Automation, which has guided many organizations toward success. Now, in Experiences of Test Automation, they reveal test automation at work in a wide spectrum of organizations and projects, from complex government systems to medical devices, SAP business process development to Android mobile apps and cloud migrations. This book addresses both management and technical issues, describing failures and successes, brilliant ideas and disastrous decisions and, above all, offers specific lessons you can use.

Coverage includes

  • Test automation in agile development
  • How management support can make or break successful automation
  • The importance of a good testware architecture and abstraction levels
  • Measuring benefits and Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Management issues, including skills, planning, scope, and expectations
  • Model-Based Testing (MBT), monkey testing, and exploratory test automation
  • The importance of standards, communication, documentation, and flexibility in enterprise-wide automation
  • Automating support activities
  • Which tests to automate, and what not to automate
  • Hidden costs of automation: maintenance and failure analysis
  • The right objectives for test automation: why “finding bugs” may not be a good objective
  • Highlights, consisting of lessons learned, good points, and helpful tips

Experiences of Test Automation will be invaluable to everyone considering, implementing, using, or managing test automation. Testers, analysts, developers, automators and automation architects, test managers, project managers, QA professionals, and technical directors will all benefit from reading this book.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 642 Seiten
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  • Verlag: Addison-Wesley Professional; Auflage: 1 (3. Januar 2012)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B006RUFM5A
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Pills of wisdom 10. März 2012
Von Marco
Format:Kindle Edition
I like the way the authors have reported on different experiences. All the stories set clear points to be considered by project managers, test managers and all the people working on the test automation. I've been working on several such projects and I see every single step of my experience reflected in the stories. It is more than a 'best practices' collection, it is a great contribution to avoid common and very expensive and frustrating mistakes, considered the huge value the test automation may add to the quality of software life-cycles. I like the summary sections tagged as 'Good Point' which give the real 'pill of wisdom'. I recommend also the section which discusses the goals of test automation, which should be the real start of professionals' serious work .
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Excellent Real World Advice!!! A MUST READ 17. Januar 2012
Von Tad Anderson - Veröffentlicht auf
Every once in a while a book is put together that should be read by every person with a relationship to software development. This book is one of them. Everyone dreams of automating their software testing, but few make it a reality. This down to earth book is the stories of 28 teams that went for it. It includes both successes and failures. That is not something you see everyday.

Many books simply provide you the success path. This book also provides you with the steps you could possibly be taking that could lead to failure helping you to change your path before fully failing.

The book starts with a nice overview of the case studies and an introduction to the key issues addressed by the case studies. Besides each case study being summarized, it also includes introducing the topics and pointing out the chapter they can be found in. They are broken down into management and technical issues.

The management issues include Objectives for Automation, Management Support, Return on Investment and Metrics, Automation in Agile Development, Skills, Planning, Scope, and Expectations, Relationships with Developers, Triggers for Change and Getting Started, Tools and Training, and Political factors.

The technical issues covered include Testware, Abstraction, Architecture, Test Execution Tool, Automation Standards, Reusability, Documentation, Flexibility, Results and Reporting, Testing the Tests, What to Automate, Failure Analysis, and Finding Bugs.

The book includes a really nice table of Case Study Characteristics. Some of the characteristics include location, lifecycle (process used), number of team members, time span, tool types, pilot done, ROI measured, was it successful, and is the project still going on. This table really helps you hunt down topics you are interested in reading about first. The index of this book is really nice also. I mention that because I have seen some books lately where the publisher didn't want to foot the bill for a nice one. That can be very aggravating.

The book's last chapter is titled Test Automation Anecdotes. It is filled with experiences from the field that the authors felt were worth repeating, but did not constitute an entire chapter.

The book also has a nice table in the appendix that lists all the tools mentioned in the book. It includes which chapter they are in, where or not they are open source, and a link to the tool owner's website.

I have repeatedly seen attempts at test automation fail for a verity of reasons. This book included them all from lack of management support, to believing the tool is all you need, to trying to automate tests without documenting them, to trying to automate every test. It the level of difficulty and effort is almost always underestimated. This book definitely puts the level of effort into perspective.

Almost every story's environment is unique. I really like the way the stories provide solutions to problems that could not be solved by simply purchasing a tool. These solutions are not the industry's best practice solution, but rather home grown solutions to problems unique to their environment. Now that this book is out they may become best practice solutions? The primary thing they do is make you think out of the box. It is really refreshing to read such a real world book.

Every story is well written and well edited. This is one of the best resources available for helping expand your experience level without having to make the mistakes to learn from along the way. I wish this same format would be done with just software projects in general. That is with the same level of honesty. I see failing projects constantly being touted as successes. Buggy, over budget, late projects, are not a success. Kudos to those authors who stepped up to write about the failed projects!!!

The authors come from a wide range of technologists. You can check out the 28 case study summaries on the author's web site. (Amazon readers Google "Experiences of Test Automation Dorothy Graham").

I only have one word of warning. These stories suck you in. You may find yourself saying "Just one more", and then suddenly look at the clock and realize it is 3 am.

All in all I highly recommend this book to everyone in the business of building software. Before you attempt to automate your testing, read this book!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Impressions about the wonderful book 5. März 2012
Von Andrew - Veröffentlicht auf
I really like this book; it contains a lot of interesting and even funny stories.
This book brings together contemporary automation stories, gives the knowledge to help avoid the pitfalls and learn from the successes achieved in real life. The case studies in the book cover mainly the automation are mentioned in some chapters, primarily focused on system-level automation, although some chapters also cover unit or integration testing. Also the authors in their stories touched on a lot of questions, issues, and drawbacks of automated testing.
This book has several really good chapters on using business cases to drive return on investment (ROI) decisions for testing, understanding automated test pitfalls, and adjusting your testing as you progress through your project
This book is allowed me to learn from other people's success and failures, with the correct conclusions and advice for everyone. The experiences described in this book are all true, and this is very interesting.

Most of all I liked the two phrases from the book:
"Avoid re-inventing the wheel!"
"If you automate chaos, all you get is faster chaos"

"Education is useful" I always give advice: "Read all that you can!"
Overall it's a very decent book.

This book is for everyone, and everyone can get some value out of it. I highly recommend this book not only for the Quality Assurance department/team, but also everyone involved in ensuring the success of an organization, including senior management.

Evgeny Tkachenko
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Inspiring book about test automation 12. Dezember 2012
Von ks - Veröffentlicht auf
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This book contains couple of stories describing test automation projects. Stories are told by professionals who actually did do the job. So each story has its own style, level of technical details, its own perspective on the topic and what is most important is about different business areas. It makes the book really interesting because when reading it you do not know what will be presented in next chapter. Some stories contain quite deep insight into technical details, other are focusing on managing automation projects and even politics.
If you are looking for technical details or "how to" description of tools you may not find what you need, but still this book is worth reading - it is simply interesting.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A great resource that will be wonderfully helpful, and is easy to read 5. April 2012
Von shane Hastie - Veröffentlicht auf
Two masters in the field have provided a book full of insights and ideas that will be helpful for teams experimenting with or implementing test automation. Written as a series of stories by people who have "been there and done that" this book contains practical advice, useful tips and lessons that provide insight into how (and how not) to implement test automation.
The case studies are interesting and insightful, easy to read and each one has been carefully chosen to convey important and useful messages to help in your test automation.
Heartily recommended.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Almost perfect 1. Juli 2012
Von Rolf71 - Veröffentlicht auf
Imagine you are attending a workshop with all the expert practitioners in the field.

This book contains all their honest, hands-on, this will work and that will not, stories they tell you during the coffee break, but complete with hard evidence and numbers. The book provides a refreshingly new look on the topic, every chapter a new narrater. In addition to that, Dorothy and Mark did a great job in highlighting the crucial lessons. I found the book very easy to read, basically read the chapters in any order you like. The authors even provide a very useful chart to help you navigate the chapters by case study parameters like "did it work", "is it still working", "how long is the study", and so on.

Beware, this is not a book that gets you started in test automation, you need to have some own experience, but not much.

The only little thing that prevents me from giving 5 stars is the index. This little beast, while often underused by readers, is too complex for my taste. Too many entries and often too many page numbers to look through for a topic.

So if you are a practitioner, eager to read the "been there, done that", and don't care much for a Formula 1 index, this definitely is the book to buy. Worth every penny!
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