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Automation for the People

  • Aug 6, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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What can the music of rock band REM tell us about Automated Testing in our Agile Environment?  Find out by joining us for this month's talk "Automation for the People".  Paul Merrill, Automation Engineer and Consultant from Beaufort Fairmont will join us to walk through how to start, build, and achieve the vision of fully automated testing on your projects.  If your team is manually testing your code, this presentation could usher in The End of the World as We Know It!



Paul Merrill is an Automation Engineer, Consultant and Trainer for Beaufort Fairmont.  He's spent the last 13 years implementing applications for a wide range of industries, from Healthcare to Advertising to Mobile.  Paul spends his time working to "rid the world of bad code" by helping teams automate their testing efforts.

Beaufort Fairmont is the software industry's source for automated testing, consulting, and training.  Our engineers have a passion for simplifying the complicated process of automated testing, allowing companies to take advantage of the many benefits of automated quality assurance.  For more information, visit us at


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  • mark h.

    Since Esther suggested that a possible good first round of testing automation might be the automatic creation of test data, I thought I'd share this link:

    This is a local company that aims to create a set of data that covers a high/optimal amount of combinations of data configurations.

    August 7, 2013

    • Esther L.

      I have used hexawise - it is very useful. I hope the employer where I used it does end up buying licenses.

      August 7, 2013

  • Paul M.

    I enjoyed seeing everyone! Thanks for the opportunity, the great questions, and the fun. If you have needs, thoughts or concerns about your automation efforts, please reach out to me. Beaufort Fairmont will be growing in the next few months and looking to take on new and interesting projects. @dpaulmerrill[masked]x701

    August 7, 2013

  • AgileBill K.

    Great comments, nice juicy technical topic. "Agile teaches you to be an entrepreneur" - loved that quote (referring to how agile motivates continued self improvement)

    August 6, 2013

  • Jon A.

    Followup question: Do you ever manage to add automated coverage of a feature during the same sprint that the feature is added? If so:
    - how much value are you getting from it, and
    - how do you do it?
    Good talk; thanks Paul!

    August 6, 2013

    • Matt P.

      We do that as the rule; automating the tests for a new feature is part of our "definition of done", and steadily improves confidence in the system while preventing manual testing efforts from increasing.

      August 7, 2013

    • Paul M.

      Joe, I agree with both Matt and Tracey. In the ideal scenario, this would happen for all coding tasks every iteration. We've done it a number of times. Really depends on resourcing. Several keys to making it happen: high technical know-how, separate test-writing from coding for automation, and have the right ratio of automation engineers to software engineers. Great question!

      August 7, 2013

  • Michelle H.

    Enjoyed my first meeting and found the speaker to be engaging and the content beneficial.

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Deb

    hate to miss this one but work calls...

    August 6, 2013

  • Magnus H.

    Sorry, a product deadline has turned into a crunch. Looking ahead, I'm going to give up my seat for someone more sure of being able to attend.

    August 5, 2013

  • Thomas W.

    Unfortunately, other commitments require me to miss this. Was very much looking forward to it. Any chance it'll be posted as a video?

    August 5, 2013

  • Kevin R.

    I am looking for to this presentation

    July 17, 2013

  • Paul M.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    July 16, 2013

  • AgileBill K.

    Sounds like an outstanding topic!

    July 15, 2013

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