Bristol Meetup with BCS and Dot Graham

Event Info

Mon 13 Feb, 2012 from 7:00pm - 9:00pm
City of Bristol College BS1 5UA, Bristol
Bristol, UK (Map)
Cost: Free


In conjunction with the Bristol branch of the BCS

What is happening now in test automation? What lessons have been learned from recent experiences that can be applied and carried forward, and what good ideas have been developed that we can benefit from both now and in the future? In this presentation, we extract the most important lessons learnt and the best ideas from the experiences of many people from diverse industries, based on our recently published book of case studies in test automation.

Many of the case studies have been very successful, but others have struggled to achieve their objectives. Some have succeeded technically, yet their efforts have come to nothing as the automation was discontinued or killed (often manslaughter rather than murder, but the automation is still dead).

By drawing out the common threads of both success and failure, we give a set of guidelines that can help ensure greater success in test automation in the future, covering both management and technical issues.

  • Background of test automation
  • Management issues and behavior that affect test automation
  • Critical technical issues that need to be understood for successful automation


Dorothy Graham has been in testing for 40 years, and is co-author of 4 books (Software Inspection, Software Test Automation, Foundations of Software Testing, and Experiences of Test Automation.

Dot was programme chair for EuroSTAR 2009 as well as the first EuroSTAR in 1993. She has been on the boards of conferences and publications in software testing. She was a founder member of the ISEB Software Testing Board and was a member of the working party that developed the ISTQB Foundation Syllabus.

She is a popular and entertaining speaker at conferences and seminars world-wide and holds the European Excellence Award in Software Testing.


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