S13-304: Sail or Fail? Navigating Test Automation Pitfalls

Track: Test Automation

Sailing the treacherous waters of test automation is challenging at best. From executives thinking “it’s going to fix all of our quality problems, right?” to team members saying “no, that’s YOUR job”, our automation initiatives face an uphill battle with a tendency to struggle…or at least to not achieve their full potential. Let’s shed some light on several of these challenges and pitfalls while discussing some of the approaches we can use to avoid a voyage on the SS Failboat.

Session Takeaways:

  • Most automation pitfalls can be attributed to incorrect expectations.
  • Automation is a continuing investment for a continuing return.
  • Expect and plan for evolution and maintenance.
  • Make business decisions with business data.
  • Think solutions and strategies, not just tools.

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Session Speaker:

Paul GrizzaffiPaul Grizzaffi – QA Automation Architect and Manager, GameStop
Paul Grizzaffi is the QA Automation Architect and Manager for Online Technology at GameStop. His career of over 19 years has focused on the creation and deployment of automated test frameworks, tools, and platforms. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) from Scrum Alliance. Paul has created automation software based on proprietary, open source, and vendor supplied tool chains in diverse product environments (telecom, stock trading, and online/digital retail). He looks forward to expanding his automation and QA knowledge for other product environments.