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

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Chapter 19. There’s More to Automation Than Regression Testing: Thinking Outside the Box

Jonathan Kohl

Jonathan Kohl takes us through a set of short stories, each illustrating a variation on the theme of automating things other than what people usually think of, that is, thinking outside the box. The stories together demonstrate the value of applying ingenuity and creativity to solve problems by automating simple tasks, or processes other than test execution. Full-scale automation is not necessarily a practical option in some cases, but small and simple tool solutions can provide significant benefits and savings. Jonathan shows that even devising “disposable” automation scripts can be very useful. These experiences from Canada cover small to ...

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