Software Testing Series
Automated Test Tools
The term "testing tool" does not
automatically imply automation. QAI has
documented 30+ testing tools and 10+ testing
techniques for all phases of the testing process, both
general and detailed.
Some tools are not
amenable to automation, such as checklists and desk
checking (and are no less valuable). Others,
such as regression testing, test data and script
generators, are cumbersome and error prone without
The point is, whether a candidate for
automation or not, all test tools are valuable in
certain contexts. Further, automated products
vary widely in price, ease of use, complexity,
effectiveness, and breadth of applicability.
attendee has valuable experience with usage of various
tools, with and without automation, and using various
vendors. In a group setting, we will compare the
list of conceptual tools with those that are
automated, discuss those experiences, and then share
the results with the larger group.
conceptual testing tools and techniques will be
compared with available industry tools in use by the
Then, in interactive format, participants will
describe their usage, experience, and challenges with
the particular tools in various contexts, in smaller
groups. These discussed results will be
documented and shared amongst all of the attendees.
"The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency."
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