Chapter 4Why Automated Software Testing Fails and Pitfalls to Avoid

Approaching AST in a realistic manner

Even though most companies believe that AST is useful, few companies can claim actual success. Various user group postings and a comprehensive survey conducted by IDT over the course of one year in 2007 support this finding.

In this chapter we will analyze the issue of why so many AST efforts fail and how to avoid some of the pitfalls, and we will clarify some of the misperceptions surrounding AST. Chapter 9 further explains why our proposed lightweight process based on the automated test lifecycle methodology (ATLM) already described in Automated Software Testing1 will help solve many of the current AST woes.

A year-long IDT automated ...

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