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Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation Paperback – January 19, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-0321754066 ISBN-10: 0321754069 Edition: 1st

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  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (January 19, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321754069
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321754066
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 1.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #671,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“What you hold in your hands is a treasure trove of hard-won knowledge about what works and what doesn’t in test automation. It can save you untold hours and costs by steering you away from paths that lead nowhere and guiding you towards those that lead to success.”

–Linda Hayes


“From tools to methodology, Dorothy Graham and Mark Fewster weave a compelling set of stories that provide a learning experience in automation. This comprehensive tome is the first of its kind to take the reader deep into the world of automated testing, as depicted by case studies that show the realities of what happened across a multitude of projects spanning a wide variety of industries and technology environments. By identifying similarities and repeated themes, the authors help the reader focus on the essential learning lessons and pitfalls to avoid. Read this book cover to cover for inspiration and a realization of what it takes to ultimately succeed in test automation.”

–Andrew L. Pollner, President & CEO of ALP International Corporation


“Many years after their best-seller Software Test Automation, Mark Fewster and Dorothy Graham have done it again. Agile methodologies have given test automation a dominant presence in today’s testing practices. This is an excellent, highly practical book with many well-documented case studies from a wide range of perspectives. Highly recommended to all those involved, or thinking about getting involved, in test automation.”

– Erik van Veenendaal, Founder of Improve Quality Services and vice-chair of TMMi Foundation


“This book is like having a testing conference in your hand, with a wealth of case studies and insights. Except that this book is much cheaper than a conference, and you don’t have to travel for it. What impressed me in particular was that it is all tied together in a concise ‘chapter zero’ that efficiently addresses the various aspects I can think of for automation success. And that is something you will not get in a conference.”

–Hans Buwalda


“An exciting, well-written, and wide-ranging collection of case studies with valuable realworld experiences, tips, lessons learned, and points to remember from real automation projects. This is a very useful book for anyone who needs the evidence to show managers and colleagues what works–and what does not work–on the automation journey.”

–Isabel Evans, FBCS CITP, Quality Manager, Dolphin Computer Access


Experiences of Test Automation first describes the essence of effective automated testing. It proceeds to provide many lifetimes worth of experience in this field, from a wide variety of situations. It will help you use automated testing for the right reasons, in a way that suits your organization and project, while avoiding the various pitfalls. It is of great value to anyone involved in testing–management, testers, and automators alike.”

–Martin Gijsen, Independent Test Automation Architect


“This offering by Fewster and Graham is a highly significant bridge between test automation theory and reality. Test automation framework design and implementation is an inexact science begging for a reusable set of standards that can only be derived from a growing body of precedence; this book helps to establish such precedence. Much like predecessor court cases are cited to support subsequent legal decisions in a judicial system, the diverse case studies in this book may be used for making contemporary decisions regarding engagement in, support of, and educating others on software test automation framework design and implementation.”

–Dion Johnson, Software Test Consultant and Principle Adviser to the Automated Testing Institute (ATI)


“Even with my long-established ‘test automation won’t work’ stance, this book did make me pause and ponder. It opened my mind and gave me a few ‘oh, I hadn’t thought of that’ moments. I would recommend this book as an initial reference for any organization wanting to introduce test automation.”

–Audrey Leng


“This book is a stunning achievement. I believe that it is one of the best books ever written in test automation. Dot and Mark’s approach presenting 28 case studies is a totally new concept including eye-catching tips, good points, and lessons learned. The case studies are coming from life experiences, successes and failures, including several aspects of automation, different environments, and a mixture of solutions. Books are ‘the’ source of wisdom, and what a good idea for using storytelling to increase our learning through triggering our memories. This book is a must for everyone who is thinking of or involved in test automation at all levels. It is truly unique in its kind.”

–Mieke Gevers

About the Author

Dorothy Graham is a world-renowned consultant, speaker, and author with nearly forty years of experience in software testing. After nineteen years with Grove Consultants, she now concentrates on conferences and writing. She was Programme Chair for the 1993 and 2009 EuroSTAR conferences and holds the European Excellence Award in Software Testing. Mark Fewster has thirty years of software testing and automation experience. As developer and manager for a multi-platform graphical application, he designed an architecture for long-lasting test automation. With Grove Consultants since 1993, he provides training and consultancy in all aspects of software testing. Graham and Fewster coauthored the popular book Software Test Automation (Addison-Wesley, 1999).


Contributed chapter lead authors include Lisa Crispin, Henri van de Scheur, Ken Johnston, Bo Roop, John Kent, Ane Clausen, Elfriede Dustin, Alan Page, Stefan Mohacsi, Simon Mills, Jason Weden, Bryan Bakker, Antti Jääskeläinen, Christoph Mecke, Björn Boisschot, Michael Williamson, Lars Wahlberg, Jonathan Kohl, Albert Farré Benet, Seretta Gamba, Wim Demey, Ursula Friede, John Fodeh, Mike Baxter, Ross Timmerman, Ed Allen, and Harry Robinson.

More About the Author

Dorothy Graham has been in software testing for 40 years, and is co-author of 4 books: Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing and Experiences of Test Automation.

Dot was programme chair for EuroSTAR 2009 as well as the first EuroSTAR in 1993. She has been on the boards of conferences and publications in software testing. She was a founder member of the ISEB Software Testing Board and was a member of the working party that developed the ISTQB Foundation Syllabus.

She is a popular and entertaining speaker at conferences and seminars world-wide and holds the European Excellence Award in Software Testing.

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I found the book very easy to read, basically read the chapters in any order you like.
It makes the book really interesting because when reading it you do not know what will be presented in next chapter.
All in all I highly recommend this book to everyone in the business of building software.
T. Anderson

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By T. Anderson TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 16, 2012
Format: Paperback
Every once in a while a book is put together that should be read by every person with a relationship to software development. This book is one of them. Everyone dreams of automating their software testing, but few make it a reality. This down to earth book is the stories of 28 teams that went for it. It includes both successes and failures. That is not something you see everyday.

Many books simply provide you the success path. This book also provides you with the steps you could possibly be taking that could lead to failure helping you to change your path before fully failing.

The book starts with a nice overview of the case studies and an introduction to the key issues addressed by the case studies. Besides each case study being summarized, it also includes introducing the topics and pointing out the chapter they can be found in. They are broken down into management and technical issues.

The management issues include Objectives for Automation, Management Support, Return on Investment and Metrics, Automation in Agile Development, Skills, Planning, Scope, and Expectations, Relationships with Developers, Triggers for Change and Getting Started, Tools and Training, and Political factors.

The technical issues covered include Testware, Abstraction, Architecture, Test Execution Tool, Automation Standards, Reusability, Documentation, Flexibility, Results and Reporting, Testing the Tests, What to Automate, Failure Analysis, and Finding Bugs.

The book includes a really nice table of Case Study Characteristics. Some of the characteristics include location, lifecycle (process used), number of team members, time span, tool types, pilot done, ROI measured, was it successful, and is the project still going on.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Andrew on March 5, 2012
Format: Paperback
I really like this book; it contains a lot of interesting and even funny stories.
This book brings together contemporary automation stories, gives the knowledge to help avoid the pitfalls and learn from the successes achieved in real life. The case studies in the book cover mainly the automation are mentioned in some chapters, primarily focused on system-level automation, although some chapters also cover unit or integration testing. Also the authors in their stories touched on a lot of questions, issues, and drawbacks of automated testing.
This book has several really good chapters on using business cases to drive return on investment (ROI) decisions for testing, understanding automated test pitfalls, and adjusting your testing as you progress through your project
This book is allowed me to learn from other people's success and failures, with the correct conclusions and advice for everyone. The experiences described in this book are all true, and this is very interesting.

Most of all I liked the two phrases from the book:
"Avoid re-inventing the wheel!"
"If you automate chaos, all you get is faster chaos"

"Education is useful" I always give advice: "Read all that you can!"
Overall it's a very decent book.

This book is for everyone, and everyone can get some value out of it. I highly recommend this book not only for the Quality Assurance department/team, but also everyone involved in ensuring the success of an organization, including senior management.

Evgeny Tkachenko
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ks on December 12, 2012
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This book contains couple of stories describing test automation projects. Stories are told by professionals who actually did do the job. So each story has its own style, level of technical details, its own perspective on the topic and what is most important is about different business areas. It makes the book really interesting because when reading it you do not know what will be presented in next chapter. Some stories contain quite deep insight into technical details, other are focusing on managing automation projects and even politics.
If you are looking for technical details or "how to" description of tools you may not find what you need, but still this book is worth reading - it is simply interesting.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By shane Hastie on April 5, 2012
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Two masters in the field have provided a book full of insights and ideas that will be helpful for teams experimenting with or implementing test automation. Written as a series of stories by people who have "been there and done that" this book contains practical advice, useful tips and lessons that provide insight into how (and how not) to implement test automation.
The case studies are interesting and insightful, easy to read and each one has been carefully chosen to convey important and useful messages to help in your test automation.
Heartily recommended.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rolf71 on July 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
Imagine you are attending a workshop with all the expert practitioners in the field.

This book contains all their honest, hands-on, this will work and that will not, stories they tell you during the coffee break, but complete with hard evidence and numbers. The book provides a refreshingly new look on the topic, every chapter a new narrater. In addition to that, Dorothy and Mark did a great job in highlighting the crucial lessons. I found the book very easy to read, basically read the chapters in any order you like. The authors even provide a very useful chart to help you navigate the chapters by case study parameters like "did it work", "is it still working", "how long is the study", and so on.

Beware, this is not a book that gets you started in test automation, you need to have some own experience, but not much.

The only little thing that prevents me from giving 5 stars is the index. This little beast, while often underused by readers, is too complex for my taste. Too many entries and often too many page numbers to look through for a topic.

So if you are a practitioner, eager to read the "been there, done that", and don't care much for a Formula 1 index, this definitely is the book to buy. Worth every penny!
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