STAREAST 2021 Concurrent Session : Stacking The Automation Deck

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Wednesday, April 28, 2021 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Stacking The Automation Deck

Arranging the playing cards in a deck to be in one’s favor is called stacking the deck. Outside of card playing, we use the term more generally to mean arranging a situation to increase our chances of a favorable outcome. When it comes to automation endeavors, the meaning is no different. Specifically, we want to arrange our architecture, implementation, and usage patterns to be appropriate for our endeavor’s desired life-span. One approach to future-proofing is to focus less on the automation framework and more on the automation stack. An automation stack is a layered automation architecture where each layer builds upon the previous one and provides an audience-appropriate interface to the lower levels’ capabilities. This layered approach helps extend an implementation’s longevity by increasing the portability of the implementation across frameworks and across tools. Join Paul Grizzaffi as he walks through how layers can be a valuable part of an automation implementation, some caveats that should be considered when layering an architecture, and several examples of layered architectures of which he’s been a part. Come and learn ways to stack the deck in YOUR favor.

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Magenic

As a Principal Automation Architect at Magenic, Paul Grizzaffi is following his passion of providing technology solutions to testing and QA organizations, including automation assessments, implementations, and through activities benefiting the broader testing community. An accomplished keynote speaker and writer, Paul has spoken at both local and national conferences and meetings. He is an advisor to Software Test Professionals and STPCon, as well as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Advanced Research Center for Software Testing and Quality Assurance (STQA) at UT Dallas where he is a frequent guest lecturer. Paul enjoys sharing his experiences and learning from other testing professionals; his mostly cogent thoughts can be read on his blog.