Sailing the treacherous waters of test automation is challenging at best. From executives thinking "it's going to fix all of our quality problems, right?" to team members saying "no, that's YOUR job", our automation initiatives face an uphill battle with a tendency to struggle…or at least to not achieve their full potential. Let's shed some light on several of these challenges and pitfalls while discussing some of the approaches we can use to avoid a voyage on the SS Failboat.
Paul Grizzaffi is the QA Automation Manager for Development Shared Services at MedAssets. His career has focused on the creation and deployment of automated test frameworks, tools, and platforms. He holds a Master of Science in Computer Science and is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM) from Scrum Alliance. Paul has created automation platforms and tool frameworks based on proprietary, open source and vendor-supplied tool chains in diverse product environments (telecom, stock trading, online/digital retail, and now health care). Additionally, he has spoken at both local and national meetings and conferences. He looks forward to expanding his automation and QA knowledge for other product environments.