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Experiences of Test Automation: Case Studies of Software Test Automation by Mark Fewster, Dorothy Graham

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Chapter 11. A Rising Phoenix from the Ashes

Jason Weden

Jason Weden tells a story of initial failure leading to later success. The failure of the first attempt at automation was not due to technical issues—the approach was very sound. However, it was a grassroots effort and was too dependent on its originator. When he left, the automation fell into disuse. But the phoenix did rise from the ashes, thanks to Jason and others who had the wisdom to build on what had gone before, making many improvements to ensure that it was more widely used by business users as well as technical people. Their “test selector” for choosing which tests to execute gave the test engineers flexibility, and they ensured their legitimacy by keeping stakeholders informed ...

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