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Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation by Mark Fewster, Dorothy Graham

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Chapter 6. Project 1: Failure!, Project 2: Success!

Ane Clausen

Ane Clausen tells of two experiences with test automation, the first one unsuccessful and the second one a solid success, largely due to what she learned from her first experience. Lessons are not always so well learned—which is a lesson in itself for everyone! Ane’s first story is told honestly and highlights the serious impact of insufficient management support and the importance of choosing the right area to automate. In her second story, Ane designed a 3-month pilot study with clear objectives and a good plan for achieving them. Many useful lessons are described in this chapter, such as good communication (including using the walls), limited scope of the early automation efforts, ...

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