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

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Chapter 12. Automating the Wheels of Bureaucracy

Damon Yerg (A Pseudonym)

Damon Yerg (a pseudonym) tells of experiences in automating large systems for a government agency, over more than 10 years, with hundreds of developers and testers and more than a dozen automators. After some uncertain starts, external pressure brought the right support to move the automation in the right way. The tests to be automated covered diverse applications from web-based to mainframes, all with environmental factors. This story brings home the need for automation standards when many people are using the automation. Damon and his colleagues organized the regression library into core and targeted tests to enable them to be selective about which tests to run, and they ...

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