Throughout my test automation career, I have seen (and written!) a lot of horribly invaluable test automation. What’s worse, I’m not sure that we’re learning anything from these past failures. Automation engineers that are new to the craft keep on falling for the same mistakes, and organizations seem to become none the wiser either. This all leads to a lot of time and effort (and therefore money!) spent on automation that does not provide enough in return.

In this webinar, I will explain that we don’t need more automation engineers, we need better ones. I consider automation to be a craft that requires studying, deep learning and deliberate practice. That does not just revolve around tools.

To become a better automation engineer, we need better education as well. Education that goes beyond two-day courses where participants learn how to perform a trick or two with a specific tool. I will also zoom in on what I think constitutes good training around automation, and what subjects need to be taught to engineers if we want to prevent them from repeating all of my past mistakes.

About Bas Dijkstra

I help teams and organizations improve their testing efforts through smart application of tools. I am a testing and automation consultant and a trainer. I specialize in creating and implementing automation strategies that support testing, starting with helping to answer the ‘why?’ of automation all the way to writing effective automation solutions.

I deliver training on various subjects related to automation. I also regularly publish blog posts and articles on various topics related to test automation, both on my own website, as well as for websites and industry magazines.