Automation Veterans - What gets you excited ?(about testing)
My name is Joe, I've been involved in Automated Testing for over 10 years - only financial applications, and I'm still doing the same. Testing (both automated and manual) can get pretty boring - especially after the design and approach are completed, and all that's left is the implementation.
I had been very excited about automated testing during the advent of SilkTest and Winrunner. I was so impressed w/Segue's tool - which won our tool evaluation procedure, that I went out and bought stock in Segue (very sorry about that - I wish I had bought Mercury, but that's life).
After testing for all these years, I've found very few new exciting testing innovations or methodologies since the dawn of the first reliable Gui automation tools. Any project of interest involves data driven testing - which, like most things in life, is not very exciting after you've done it a couple of times.
In my opinion, the biggest innovations in automated testing are those where the tool works on the application as it's intended to - without lots of workarounds, so that more effort can be placed on the test design and cases in place of the work-arounds.
I would really be interested in hearing from other veteran Automated testers, what gets them most excited about automated testing, and what recent innovations do you feel have been made in the automated testing arena. For me, it's currently:
1. How to best represent the test data inputs so that they are easy to read for the rest of the people in the organization.
2. How to convey test coverage to people - which usually involves a test design based on some detailed functional inputs (Rational State and Transition diagrams seem to be an area that offers much more than I have utilized).
3. Having an application to work with that doesn't involve lots of work-arounds - which means you have to be lucky enough to be in an organization where the GUI application objects lend themselves to the tools that you're using.
Since all the tools goals' are to work like one big macro-recorder on any home-grown application, I'm not sure you can consider meeting this goal an innovation - it's the way things are expected to work reliably (even though the internals of the tool probably involve lots of innovations).
What do you veterans find most exciting about automated testing recently ? I'm hoping that some of your responses are new to me - and others that could use some inspirational topics to think about.
Re: Automation Veterans - What gets you excited ?(about testing)
I really like the 3rd generation tools such as Certify http://www.worksoft.com/ and UTP http://www.sdtcorp.com/. UTP permits the manual testers to write their scripts and as soon as they are completed the scripts are automated. I think that is a great innovation and the testers really like the power it provides them. We have been using it for several years now and it is becoming more and more flexible in how it functions with each release.
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