Maciej Wyrodek

Maciej Wyrodek

Automation TechLead

Stream: A

Time: 14:00 - 14:45

Country: Poland

Language: English

Talk: Questions to ask before you start automating

About Speaker

Maciej for several years has mostly been working as a Test Automation Expert and Test Architect. He is a seasoned tester who can’t stay long in one place. He is looking for perfection and a place to challenge his skills. He gathered experience working for different companies with different working models, From small to big corporations, From Product via Inhouse development to software house. Thanks to that he has a wide perspective on testing quality and delivering value. During his 2 years long stay in Dublin while working for Kobo he realized his passion: Knowledge sharing.
His strong belief is that what makes us human is the ability to learn and share knowledge.
That is why for the last 5 years he has been doing his best to give back to the IT community, by writing articles, recording videos and speaking on conferences.

Talk: Questions to ask before you start automating

Why are there so many projects with poorly implemented test automation?
Nowadays Automation is a given part of almost any IT project. But there are still a lot of projects where automation is not bringing value, with teams and especially managers who got disillusioned, because there is more hussle with automation that it's worth.
In my Experience, one of the most obvious yet overlooked reasons for failure of automation is simple lack of forethought. There are many important questions that teams need to answer for automation to be able to efficiently automate.
The list is long, starting with simple yet not easy questions like: What is The goal of automation? What problems the team tries to fix? Or to be even more mundane: Who will write the test? What team will do when the test fails? And ending with the hard ones: How does the team know if they are bringing value? And What should be Automated?
This talk is not about finding answers for those questions. Each team has different needs and will have different answers. The goal of this talk is to provide you with a checklist of questions. so you can engage your team and together find the answers working for you.

Key Takeaways
● How to make your test automation successful
● A checklist of questions worth asking.
● Participants will learn about priorities which questions need answers as soon as possible and which can wait.
● For most important questions, example answers will be presented.
● Emphasis will be put on the fact that answers may change as project growths.