- Paperback: 672 pages
- Publisher: Addison-Wesley Professional; 1 edition (January 19, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321754069
- ISBN-13: 978-0321754066
- Product Dimensions: 7 x 1.5 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,862 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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.
Top customer reviews
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.
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. This table really helps you hunt down topics you are interested in reading about first. The index of this book is really nice also. I mention that because I have seen some books lately where the publisher didn't want to foot the bill for a nice one. That can be very aggravating.
The book's last chapter is titled Test Automation Anecdotes. It is filled with experiences from the field that the authors felt were worth repeating, but did not constitute an entire chapter.
The book also has a nice table in the appendix that lists all the tools mentioned in the book. It includes which chapter they are in, where or not they are open source, and a link to the tool owner's website.
I have repeatedly seen attempts at test automation fail for a verity of reasons. This book included them all from lack of management support, to believing the tool is all you need, to trying to automate tests without documenting them, to trying to automate every test. It the level of difficulty and effort is almost always underestimated. This book definitely puts the level of effort into perspective.
Almost every story's environment is unique. I really like the way the stories provide solutions to problems that could not be solved by simply purchasing a tool. These solutions are not the industry's best practice solution, but rather home grown solutions to problems unique to their environment. Now that this book is out they may become best practice solutions? The primary thing they do is make you think out of the box. It is really refreshing to read such a real world book.
Every story is well written and well edited. This is one of the best resources available for helping expand your experience level without having to make the mistakes to learn from along the way. I wish this same format would be done with just software projects in general. That is with the same level of honesty. I see failing projects constantly being touted as successes. Buggy, over budget, late projects, are not a success. Kudos to those authors who stepped up to write about the failed projects!!!
The authors come from a wide range of technologists. You can check out the 28 case study summaries on the author's web site. (Amazon readers Google "Experiences of Test Automation Dorothy Graham").
I only have one word of warning. These stories suck you in. You may find yourself saying "Just one more", and then suddenly look at the clock and realize it is 3 am.
All in all I highly recommend this book to everyone in the business of building software. Before you attempt to automate your testing, read this book!
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.
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.