STAREAST 2022 Tutorial: Soft Skills of Automation Workshop


Monday, April 25, 2022 - 1:00pm to 4:30pm

Soft Skills of Automation Workshop


Automation starts long before you open your IDE. Before you write the first line of code or inspect the first element, you need to develop a mindset that leads you to create good automation. You need the Soft Skills of Automation. In this workshop, we will create a framework for ourselves to start thinking about our testing as our framework does. We’ll start by interrogating the manual testing that we do and shaping it to automation. This includes teaching ourselves to look at a page as a computer would and then determining how to step through the elements. Next, we will discuss and create tests using pseudocode and discuss what kinds of results we can expect from our automation. When you leave this workshop, you will have a good idea of what it takes to think automation first, what types of testing are appropriate for automation, and what information we can get from automation.

Jenny Bramble

Jenny Bramble came up through support and DevOps, cutting her teeth on that interesting role that acts as the 'translator' between customer requests from support and the development team before diving headlong into her career as a tester. Her love of support and the human side of problems lets her find a sweet spot between empathy for the user and empathy for her team. She's done testing, support, or human interfacing for most of her career. She finds herself happiest when she's making an impact on other people--whether it's helping find issues in applications, speaking at events, or just grabbing coffee and chatting.