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  • Mark Winteringham
  • Richard Bradshaw
  • Automation In Testing: Designing Automated Checks
    Mark Winteringham, Richard Bradshaw
    99 Minute Workshop

    Automation In Testing: Designing Automated Checks


    99 Minute Workshop


    There are many things we have to consider when designing automated checks. Sometimes the majority of the information you need is provided in the form of test cases or acceptance criteria. Other times we are designing the automated check as we are implementing it. However, in order to provide value as quickly as possible it’s important to make sure we have all the information we require to speed up the creation of the automated check.

    In this workshop Richard and Mark will introduce you to the SACRED model. The SACRED model is a model that breaks down the key parts of an automated check into State, Actions, Codified Oracles, Reporting, Execution and Deterministic. We’ll work our way through the model to understand how our design should infer our tools and how each section requires a different set of skills.


    • Describe the anatomy of an automated check
    • Design an automated check using the SACRED model
    • Discover new libraries and frameworks to assist automated checking


    Mark Winteringham
    Mark Winteringham
    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 /
    Richard Bradshaw
    Richard Bradshaw
    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 and tweets as @FriendlyTester. He is also the creator of the YouTube channel, Whiteboard Testing.

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