Building The Blocks of Trust In Automation

schedule Jun 30th 03:00 - 03:45 PM place Lalit 3 people 82 Interested

Having followed best practices set from previous Selenium Conference talks, my team was able to shift from flaky tests to stable and reliable automated tests. During that time, I learned the importance of building trust in the test suite to unite the team as a whole. Once trust was established in the automated tests, it became crucial to the overall software development lifecycle. It has been an interesting journey to gain the confidence of the organization and have them believe that the automation effort has their backs.

In this talk I will cover the following topics:

  1. Strategies that I used to make the tests reliable
  2. Explaining why it was important to train the manual testers to write feature files and thus help expand the automation suite using their subject matter expertise
  3. Presenting ways to improve visibility in automation to reinforce trust

By implementing these steps in my organization, I have built trust not only within the test suite but into the team as a whole.


Outline/Structure of the Case Study

1. Organization Structure

2. Automation setup explained: Before vs After

3. Training Manual Testers to Contribute using Feature Files

4. Visibility to all: Website that greets you in the morning with Automated Test report stats

5. Statistical Data Analysis

Learning Outcome

1. How to combine manual and automation testing resources for success

2. How to get more buy-in to make automation visible in the company

3. How to build trust into the automation efforts

Target Audience

Automation Engineers, Managers, Testers

Prerequisites for Attendees

1. Selenium Webdriver

2. Continuous Integration

schedule Submitted 1 year ago

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  • Ashley Hunsberger
    By Ashley Hunsberger  ~  1 year ago
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    The second point "Trainings for the manual testers to contribute to the automation efforts"

    seems a tad off topic from 'building trust' - and could be a talk within a talk.

    Maybe frame it for how to build trust with a team that is not traditionally developers, or learning automation for the first time themselves? If training them to use feature files - maybe go into why this important? How does this help build upon the theme of trust? 


    • Sneha Viswalingam
      By Sneha Viswalingam  ~  1 year ago
      reply Reply

      Thanks Ashley, for the valuable comment. Updated to reflect the new changes.

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