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How to misuse ‘Automation’ for testing, fun and productivity - TestBash Netherlands 2017

I will present at the January 2017 Netherlands Test Bash. It should be fun.

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TestBash Netherlands 2017

I will speak at the TestBash Netherlands on January 2017 and present How to misuse ‘Automation’ for testing, fun and productivity.

We often hear about how ‘test automation’ can go wrong, which is all fine and dandy for the pessimists in the audience, and balancing feel good positive case studies exist for the optimists. But what about the anarchists? What about the rule breakers? What about the pragmatists? In this talk Alan will explain how to ‘misuse’ the ‘automation’ tools you’ve heard so much about, because you need to get things done. You’ve no doubt heard that ‘Cucumber is not a test tool’, and you’ve no doubt noticed that people use Cucumber during their testing. It’s misuse cases like this that we will celebrate, and as a bonus, you’ll learn what Cucumber ‘really’ is. We’ll look at other tools; to find out their true nature and how you can turn it to your personal advantage. To further groom you for success, we’ll explain the mental models which give you guilt free flexibility in your approach. If you’ve ever wanted an ‘expert’ to quote to give you permission to use the tools how you want, this is the talk for you.

About the talk

It should be fun. I’m going to be talking about finding the ’essence’ of the tool, rather than what everyone ‘says’ about it, and that can lead to a radical overhaul in your beliefs and usage of the specific tool.

I blogged about my slide creation process for the conference, and there are some sneak peaks of some possible content in there are well.


Opinionated Introduction to BDD

If you are interested in this then you might also find this TMS talk from 2013 relevant Opinionated Introduction to BDD where I held a tutorial on the topic of Cucumber (and other tooling) as a DSL Framework in addition to an overview of BDD and tooling.

The TMS talk also has sample source code.

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