Don't Run Before You Can Walk - Louise Gibbs

Louise Gibbs
Louise Gibbs
Don't Run Before You Can Walk - Louise Gibbs

In May 2010, I broke both of my legs in a rock climbing accident. Fortunately, the damage was not so severe that I could not walk again. However, it took many years of operations, strength training and physiotherapy before I was walking normally again. I would not have achieved this without the help and support of friends, family, doctors, nurses and physiotherapists. It is important to note that I didn't stop at walking. I continued my training to maintain and improve my physical fitness so I could run again.

A similar experience will apply to career development. Many testers want to become test automation developers but lack the skills, experience and opportunity to do so. We need to start small, and slowly develop the skills required to become a test automation developer. We don't stop once we've achieved this goal. We continue our development to improve our skills and keep up to date with emerging technologies. To be successful, we need support and opportunity provided by the teams and companies we work for.

During this talk, I will discuss the skills required to become test automation developers. However, this is not ONLY a talk for testers new to test automation. It is also for experienced developers wanting to guide and encourage testers to gain confidence so they will give test automation a go.

What You'll Learn

  • Recognise the requirements for getting started with test automation
  • Discover activities that can help testers get started on their journey to becoming test automation developers
  • Identify ways that the business and team can support testers who want to get involved in test automation

Louise Gibbs

Senior Automation Tester

Louise is a Senior Automation Tester at PebblePad. Her main job is to review and maintain the automated tests that are run overnight, and investigate the causes of any failures. She has also worked for companies in the e-commerce, scientific research and automotive industries, and runs a personal blog at louisegibbstest.wordpress.com, where she talks about her experiences as a software tester. She enjoys improving her testing skills and her main method for achieving this is by speaking to other Testers and discussing ideas.