Automation in Testing - Brighton

Three days of hands-on automation training that gives you the skills to strategise, create, use and educate others about automation that supports your testing

WHEN

-

WHAT

Training

WHERE

Brighton, GB

MAX ATTENDEES

24

COST

£1,300 to £1,700

Automation is everywhere, its popularity and uptake have rocketed in recent years and it’s showing little sign of slowing down. So in order to be successful with automation, all you need to know is how to code, right? No. While knowing how to code is a great tool in your toolbelt, there is far more to automation than writing code. Beyond learning to code you need to be able to determine:

  • What tests you should create

  • What data your tests require

  • What layer in your application you should write them at

  • What language or framework to use

  • If your testability is good enough

  • If it’s helping you solve your testing problems

  • What value you are getting from automation

Answering those questions is significantly harder than writing the code. Yet our industry is pushing people straight into code and bypassing the theory. Automation in Testing aims to help you answer those questions by focusing on not just creating automation, but working out opportunities to use automation as well as advocating for good practices and uses of automation in your team. This is achieved through three days of training that combines blended learning techniques to help you get the most out of our training. Throughout the course you’ll take part in:

  • Engaging classroom activities that have you roleplaying as specialists in automation, tasked with automating a modern web application

  • Self-guided activities that will have you exploring a wide range of automation techniques, with support from your instructors

Throughout the course, Richard and Mark offer their expert knowledge and share techniques and theories they use to succeed with automation whilst offering you the opportunity to explore the tools and ideas you want to learn.

 

The 3 days training will be held in IQVIA OfficesLanchester House, Trafalgar Pl, Brighton BN1 4FU.

 

Purchase a ticket to attend this event.

Who should attend

Software Developer in Test (SDET)

You are someone looking to boost their coding skills with solid theory on designing automation on all layers.

Software Tester

You are looking to move automation and want to maximise your existing testing knowledge

Quality Engineer

You are looking to learn how to bring automation into the your overall quality approach

Test Lead / Manager

You are looking to learn what your automators are doing and how to help guide them

What's Being Covered

Learning outcomes Mark and Richard will cover

After this event you should be able to do the following:

  • Use the principles of Automation in Testing as a guide when working with automation
  • Survey a given context to better understand its suitability for the use of automation
  • Design a model of their product to inform them of how and where automation can be carried out
  • Use visual task analysis to break down complex system behaviour to make it easier to identify automation opportunities
  • Differentiate testing from automated checking and how the differences inform their automation strategies
  • Judge what automated checks to build using system knowledge and risk analysis
  • Design and build valuable automated checks
  • Analyse automated checks to determine their intent and quality
  • Experiment with different tools that can be used to support testing
  • Use automated tools to support testing activities
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Three days of hands-on automation training that gives you the skills to strategise, create, use and educate others about automation that supports your testing

Meet Your Speakers

Mark Winteringham
OPSBOSS

Mark Winteringham is a tester, toolsmith and the Ministry of Testing OpsBoss with over 10 years experience providing testing expertise on award-winning projects across a wide range of technology sectors including BBC, Barclays, UK Government and Thomson Reuters. He is an advocate for modern risk-based testing practices and trains teams in Automation in Testing, Behaviour Driven Development and Exploratory testing techniques. He is also the co-founder of Ministry of Testing Essentials a community raising awareness of careers in testing and improving testing education. You can find him on Twitter @2bittester or at mwtestconsultancy.co.uk / automationintesting.com

Richard Bradshaw
BOSSBOSS

Richard Bradshaw is an experienced tester, consultant and generally a friendly guy. He shares his passion for testing through consulting, training and giving presentation on a variety of topics related to testing. He is a fan of automation that supports testing. With over 10 years testing experience, he has a lot of insights into the world of testing and software development. Richard is a very active member of the testing community, and is currently the FriendlyBoss at The Ministry of Testing. Richard blogs at thefriendlytester.co.uk and tweets as @FriendlyTester. He is also the creator of the YouTube channel, Whiteboard Testing.

The times below are for

Day one begins with an introduction to the Automation in Testing mindset and then hits the ground running by kicking off the classroom roleplay. The start of the roleplay focuses on analysing our product, project and processes and visualising what we’ve learnt to inform us on what opportunities exist for automation. You’ll then be given activities to help you solidify your skills by surveying and modelling your own contexts for automation opportunities.

Takeaways

  • Use the principles of Automation in Testing as a guide when working with automation
  • Survey a given context to better understand its suitability for the use of automation
  • Design a model of their product to inform them of how and where automation can be carried out

Prerequisites

Please bring a laptop, OS X, Linux or Windows with all the prerequisites installed that will be sent to you.

Day two continues our focus on automated checking by using the new visualised knowledge of our contexts to help us plan what we want automated checks we want to create, and then build them. We are going to explore what it takes to design and implement reliable focused automated checks. We’ll do this at many interfaces of the applications.

Takeaways

  • Use visual task analysis to break down complex system behaviour to make it easier to identify automation opportunities
  • Differentiate testing from automated checking and how the differences inform their automation strategies
  • Judge what automated checks to build using system knowledge and risk analysis
  • Design and build valuable automated checks
  • Analyse automated checks to determine their intent and quality

Prerequisites

Please bring a laptop, OS X, Linux or Windows with all the prerequisites installed that will be sent to you.

Day three takes a step away from automated checking to explore an area of automation in testing that is often ignored. Building tools to support testing activities. Through a series of hands-on activities and challenges, you will learn how to speed up your testing and get deeper into your applications through a range of different tools. To conclude the course we'll reflect on what we’ve learnt throughout the course and set goals for the future.

Takeaways

  • Experiment with different tools that can be used to support testing
  • Use automated tools to support testing activities

Prerequisites

Please bring a laptop, OS X, Linux or Windows with all the prerequisites installed that will be sent to you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be already currently working in automation to attend this course?

This course caters for every level of experience of working in an automation context. If you do work with automation already, we believe this course will provide you with numerous new ways to think and talk about automation, allowing you to maximise your skills in the workplace.

If you don’t, this course will show you that the majority of skill in automation is about risk identification, strategy and test design, and you can add a lot of value to automation efforts within testing. We've also included some online content to set the foundation for the class, allowing us to hit the ground running with some example scenarios. This will be sent to you before the class starts and enable you to:

  • Describe and explain some key concepts/terminology associated with programming
  • Interpret and explain real code examples
  • Design pseudocode for a potential automated test
  • Develop a basic understanding of programming languages relevant to the AiT course
  • Explain the basic functionality of a test framework

This course material will allow us to maximise our face to face time together.

What will I need to bring to the event?

You will need: A PC running, OS X, Linux or Windows

The rest of the tools to install will be sent to you before the training. Mark and Richard also offer support with setup if you get stuck.

I don’t work in the webspace, should I attend?

The majority of the tooling we will use and demo is web-based, however, AiT is a mindset, so we believe you will benefit from attending the class and learning a theory to apply to any product/language.

I’m a manager who is interested in strategy but not programming, should I attend?

Yes, one of the core drivers to educate others in identifying and strategizing problems before automating them. We will offer techniques and teach you skills to become better at analysing your context and using that information to build a plan towards successful automation.

What languages and tools will we be using?

The current setup is using Java and JS. We can customize depending on needs for private classes. Importantly though, we focus more on the thinking then the implementation, so while we’ll be reading and writing code, the languages are just a vehicle for the context of the class.

I still have credit with MoT, how can I use it?

If you have credit with Ministry of Testing and would like to use it to purchase a ticket for this AiT Training? Get in touch with us via email at masters@ministryoftesting.com with your previous booking details and we will send you a booking link.