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Summary-Webinar: Common Automation Pitfalls and Solutions

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We recently hosted a webinar on Common Automation Pitfalls and Solutions with an awesome panel consisting of Jonathan Lipps, Philip Lew and me. There were a lot of great discussions on this topic and we wanted to share this with the community as well.

Several topics related to automation were covered in this webinar, including-

  • How automation fits in the SDLC?
  • Is the Testing Pyramid still relevant in this day and age?
  • How automation complements manual testing?
  • How it fits in the CI/CD pipeline?
  • How to come up with a good test automation strategy?
  • What are common pitfalls we fall into while doing test automation?
  • What are some good practices of automation to keep in mind?
  • What are the new trends in automation?

Automation is not a “one size fits all” solution. It does not solve all testing problems. It is just one aspect of the overall testing process. This webinar helps to instil that mindset. It will also be a good resource for all the testers starting to do test automation and experienced testers who are looking for more ideas to build and maintain robust automation frameworks.

Below are some quotes from the conversation-

Phil: “I think when we talk about automation strategy, a lot of folks start digging down really quickly and do tools and frameworks and things like that. But to me, I think that’s the easy part, the hard part, determining why and how are we going to show value?”

Johanthan: “Don’t call something a flake, investigate, figure out exactly what the problem is with it and then either fix that problem in your app or your infrastructure or consider doing away with the test entirely.”

Me: “When you’re trying to build automation frameworks try to also make it as simple as possible because in that way you can further avoid a lot of pitfalls in running and maintaining it.

Below is the recorded video of the webinar-

If you have any feedback or ideas for other webinar topics, we would love to hear that as well. You can email us at raj@testim.io and share them.

Raj Subramanian a former developer, moved to testing to focus on his passion. Raj currently works as a Developer Evangelist for Testim.io, that provides AI based software testing solutions for clients. He actively contributes to the testing community by speaking at conferences, writing articles, blogging, making videos on his youtube channel and being directly involved in various testing-related activities. He currently resides in Chicago and can be reached at raj@testim.io. His website is www.rajsubra.com and twitter handle – @epsilon11. His videos on testing, leadership and productivity can be found here – http://www.rajsubra.com/my-youtube-channel/

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