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  • Mark Winteringham
  • Richard Bradshaw
  • Automation In Testing: Identifying Opportunities For Automation Checking
    Mark Winteringham, Richard Bradshaw
    99 Minute Workshop

    Automation In Testing: Identifying Opportunities For Automation Checking


    99 Minute Workshop


    The temptation sometimes is to do everything on the UI layer, to capture as many risks as possible in one go. But if we want to create targeted and valuable we need to think more deeply about how our systems work, and the many ways in which we can create automated checks to help us detect changes and issues.

    In previous workshops we've explored opportunities for automation in general, but when starting to consider automation checking we need to ensure that the checks we're building are focusing on the right risks at the right layer. We'll do this by learning an approach to analysing our systems called Visual Task Analysis. This approach enables us to break down a system into its individual parts, consider the risks that might impact it and identify automated checks to help us ensure those risks don't appear.


    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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