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

    Automation In Testing: Managing State In Automation


    99 Minute Workshop


    One of the biggest challenges with automated checks is making them deterministic and in our opinion the hardest to get right is state. State being things like system configuration, feature flags and test data. Think about all things you need to do before your check/test can execute. The state, the shape you need to put the system in.

    In this workshop we’ll explore how to understand the state required for an automated check and explore common patterns we can use to implement the state. Getting a grasp on state and specifically test data will hugely improve your automated checks.


    • Identify different types of state including data and configuration
    • Determine what state is required for an automated check
    • Identify what technique to use for managing state


    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.
    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 /

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