Workshop: Making Test Automation Work in Agile Projects

monday 8.30 - 12.30
Room: Keyboard Cat

Agile teams must deliver production-ready software every four-, two-, or one-week iteration – or possibly every day! This goal can’t be achieved without automated tests. However, many teams just can’t seem to get traction on test automation. The challenge of automating all regression tests strikes fear into the hearts of many testers. How do we succeed when we have to release so often? By combining a collaborative team approach with an appropriate mix of tools designed for agile teams, you can, over time, automate your regression tests and continue to automate new tests during each programming iteration. Lisa Crispin describes what tests should be automated, some common barriers to test automation, and ways to overcome those barriers. Learn how to create data for tests, evaluate automated test tools, implement test automation, and evaluate your automation efforts. An agile approach to test automation even helps if you’re a tester on a more traditional project without the support of programmers on your team.

Tags: Team Test Tools


Participants will take practical ideas to try in their own teams to succeed with test automation. The tutorial emphasizes hands-on exercises and group discussions to learn practical techniques.

Lisa CrispinLisa Crispin

Lisa Crispin is the co-author, with Janet Gregory, of Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams (Addison-Wesley, 2009), co-author with Tip House of Extreme Testing (Addison-Wesley, 2002), and a contributor to Experiences of Test Automation by Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster (Addison-Wesley, 2011) and Beautiful Testing (O’Reilly, 2009). For more about Lisa’s work, visit @lisacrispin on Twitter,