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  • Mark Winteringham
  • Richard Bradshaw
  • Automation In Testing: Managing Actions In Automation
    Mark Winteringham, Richard Bradshaw
    99 Minute Workshop

    Automation In Testing: Managing Actions In Automation


    99 Minute Workshop


    In most systems there are multiple ways we can interact with a system, or as we refer to them in Automation in Testing, seams. These seams allow us to trigger specific behaviours and instruct the system to perform some actions. It could be clicking buttons on a UI and filling in fields. It could be calling several APIs in the right order with specific data.

    The first step in managing those actions is identifying what they are and then asking ourselves is it possible for a computer to perform these actions? Following that we also want to consider what can we do to make it easier for the computer to perform those actions.

    It may seem like a trivial thing, but in order for our automation to be deterministic we need to be only performing the actions necessary for the scenario we are trying to automate.


    • Identify different actions an automated check will have to handle
    • Determine what actions need to be managed during an automated check
    • Identify tools that can be used to trigger actions within an automated check


    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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