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Agile Testing: A Practical Guide for Testers and Agile Teams by Janet Gregory, Lisa Crispin

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Part IV Automation

Test automation is a core agile practice. Agile projects depend on automation. Good-enough automation frees the team to deliver high-quality code frequently. It provides a framework that lets the team maximize its velocity while maintaining a high standard. Source code control, automated builds and test suites, deployment, monitoring, and a variety of scripts and tools eliminate tedium, ensure reliability, and allow the team to do its best work at all times.

Automation is also a vast topic. It includes tasks like writing simple shell scripts, setting up session properties, and creating robust automated tests. The range and number of automated tools seem to grow exponentially as we learn about better ways to produce software. ...

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