Automation in Testing
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Automation in Testing

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About the Book

About the Author

Martin Gijsen
Martin Gijsen

Martin Gijsen is an independent test automation architect with 20+ years of experience. He supports test automation efforts at the strategic, the technical and the personal level.

Table of Contents

    • Preface
      • Becoming familiar with an elephant
      • Automation and chicken soup
      • Lasting value
      • A bit of terminology
    • About the author
  • Part one: Automation in Testing
    • 1 The PUPPET model
      • (Automation as a) Product
      • Understanding (the essence)
      • People
      • Process
      • Execution
      • Techniques
      • A complete and simple overview
    • 2 Success (through strategy)
      • The goal (or: the why)
      • The vision (or: the what)
      • The plan (or: the how)
  • Part two: Understanding
    • 3 Testing
      • Testing a car
      • Many components
      • Where to test
      • What does the business need?
      • Repeated testing
    • 4 Automation in testing
      • Automation
      • Testing cannot be automated
    • 5 Automating is not testing
      • Automating is software engineering
      • Skill
      • Technical debt
      • Other skills relating to automation
      • Three roles
    • 6 It is not about the tool
      • The tool is not the solution
      • The tool is (probably) not the problem
    • 7 The goal and scope
      • Good goals
      • Pick one – but feel free to adjust later
      • Scope
    • 8 The value of an automated check
      • Is it being run?
      • Is it telling you something interesting?
      • Is it reliable?
      • Is it fast enough?
      • What happened here?
      • Is it small enough?
      • Is it independent?
      • Two versions?
      • Effective and efficient
    • 9 Writing good checks
      • Readable
      • Understandable
      • Effort
      • Tooling
      • Test data
      • Data-driven
    • 10 The secrets of the great pyramid
      • Which one is the real pyramid?
      • Using the original pyramid effectively
      • What if there is no UI?
      • Checks or instructions?
      • The pyramid for other goals
      • Many checks do not use one interface
    • 11 The design of an automation solution
      • The conceptual picture
      • The technical picture
      • Integrated tools
  • Part three: Automation as a product
    • 12 Automation is a product
      • A paint factory
      • The machine is a product
      • Automation is also a product
    • 14 The automation lifecycle
      • The right time to (re-)start
      • Further preparation
      • Lifecycle stages
    • 15 The goal
      • Productivity
      • Efficiency
      • Fast feedback
      • Quality
      • Cost
      • Sustainability
  • Part six: Execution
    • Interfaces and deployment
      • The kinds of interfaces
      • Synchronous outgoing interfaces
      • Considering all available interfaces
      • Testability
      • Deployment
    • Speed
      • Fully automated and reliable
      • Automate or deploy differently
      • Concurrent execution
      • Prioritising checks
      • Additional considerations
  • Part seven: Techniques
      • Related topics
    • Architecture
      • Value
      • Lasting value (at reasonable cost)
      • Cost
  • Notes

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