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Automation - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

When I first heard of automation (in the context of continuous delivery) I thought it is the holy grail of testing that will save me time and make testing better. Although the previous two statements are true, what I have learned over the last 6 years is that it can be both good and bad, and sometimes ugly. I will show you what I have learned through doing it every day (and sometimes in my sleep), what mistakes I’ve made and also what success looks like. It's a story of the journey we embark on when creating an automation library, how we used it in our tests, how did it improve our daily lives but also what we didn't do so well along the way.

Key takeaways:

  • Automation will challenge you like no other but it will be fun and rewarding to overcome those challenges
  • Automation done badly can do more harm than good 
  • How to start automation on a project and where does that lead you