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Managing Successful Test Automation

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Early Bird (till 15 May) £195 + VAT (if booked with NGT conference £150 + VAT) Standard Price: £275 + VAT (if booked with NGT conference £195 + VAT)



 Presented by Dorothy Graham and Mark FewsterMany organizations never achieve the significant benefits that are promised from automated test execution tools. What are the secrets to test automation success? There are no secrets, but the paths to success are not commonly understood. Dorothy and Mark describe the most important automation issues that you must address, both management and technical, and help you understand and choose the best approaches for your organization—no matter which automation tools you use. 

Target Audience

This workshop is aimed at managers who need to understand the key issues in making test automation successful. Technical issues are covered at a high level of understanding; there are no tool demos! 


  • Planning and Managing Test Automation
  • Responsibilities, objectives, pilot projects and implementation, measures and Return on Investment
  • Testware Architecture
  • The importance of a good testware architecture, and what needs to be organised
  • Pre- and Post-Processing
  • Automating more than tests, and test statuses beyond Pass/Fail
  • Scripting Techniques
  • Objectives of scripting, different scripting levels including data-driven and keyword-driven / Domain-Specific Test Language
  • Automated Comparison
  • Options and pitfalls in automated comparison
  • Final Advice and Direction
  • Test Automation Strategy 


You will leave this tutorial with a list of your own automation objectives (which should be different to test objectives), and a start on your automation strategy. 


Dorothy Graham has been in testing for forty years and is co-author of four books: Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing, and Experiences in Test Automation. She helped start testing qualifications in the UK and was on the working party that devised the ISTQB Foundation Syllabus. After 19 years with Grove Consultants, she now focuses on giving presentations at conferences and events, and writing. Dorothy holds the European Excellence Award in Software Testing and the first ISTQB Excellence Award. She was named one of the 13 Women of Influence in testing by Software Test & Performance magazine in 2010. She was Programme Chair for EuroSTAR in 1993 and 2009, and for ExpoQA in 2014. She has spoken at UNICOM events for over 30 years.


Mark Fewster, Grove Consultants, has over 30 years of industrial experience in software testing ranging from test management to test techniques and test automation. In the last two decades Mark has provided consultancy and training in software testing, has published papers, and co-authored two books with Dorothy Graham, "Software Test Automation” and “Experiences of Test Automation”. He is a popular speaker at national and international conferences and seminars, and has won the Mercury BTO Innovation in Quality Award. Mark has served on the committee of British Computer Society's Specialist Interest Group in Software Testing (BCS SIGiST) and on the Information Systems Examination Board (ISEB). He is currently helping ISTQB in defining the expert level certification for test automation. In Grove Consultants, Mark provides training courses, ISTQB training materials licensed by many international organizations, and consultancy specializing in test automation.

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