Which Tests Should We Automate?

Angie Jones

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Senior Automation Engineer

Twitter, San Francisco, CA, USA

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Automation requires maintenance

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Lots of automation can require lots of time

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Redundant automation is noisy

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Automation Worksheet

What's your gut feeling?

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Probability

Impact

1

1

2

3

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5

2

3

4

5

RISK

frequency of use by customers

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if broken, what's the impact to customers?

Distinctness

Induction to Action

1

1

2

3

4

5

2

3

4

5

VALUE

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does this test provide new info?

how quickly would this failure be fixed?

Quickness

Ease

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1

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5

2

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5

COST-EFFECIENCY

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how quickly can this be scripted

how easy will it be to script this

Similar to weak areas

Frequency of breaks

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1

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5

2

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HISTORY

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volume of historical failures in related areas

volume of historical failures for this test

Area #
setting location 51
updating handle 27
pinning tweet 2
viewing tweets 10

Add them up

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Automate
Possibly automate
Don't automate

75 - 100

25 - 74

0 - 24

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SCORES

ID DESCRIPTION R V C H Score
1 Add a tweet 25 25 25 0     75
6 Set location 10 15 25 25     75

Different Analysis, Same Score

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ID DESCRIPTION R V C H Score
24 Add tweet to a moment 5 5 25 0     35

Do We Automate?

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Thanks, Dot!

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Good luck!

Angie Jones

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Senior Developer Advocate

Applitools, San Francisco, CA, USA

Which Tests Should We Automate

By Angie Jones

Which Tests Should We Automate

When asked “which tests should we automate?”, my answer is always “it depends”. Several factors should be considered when deciding on which tests to automate and many times that decision is contextual.

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