Dorothy Graham

Software Testing Presentations

A selection of half day and short presentations for seminars or conferences.

Inspirational presentations to motivate and improve the effectiveness of those working in software testing.


Management issues in Test Automation

This half-day covers management issues in test execution automation, including automation objectives, staffing, pilot projects, meansurement and Return on Investment, and it identifies technical issues to be aware of.

Test Automation Patterns - presented with Seretta Gamba

This half day or full day presentation looks at common problems in test automation ( issues ) and patterns ( solutions that have worked well for many people ). The presentation focuses on system level automation patterns.

Short Presentations: 45 - 60 minutes

Blunders in Test Automation

In chess, the word blunder means a very bad move by someone who should know better. Even though functional test automation has been around for a long time, people still make some very bad moves and serious blunders. The most common misconception in automation is thinking that manual testing is the same as automated testing. This thinking accounts for most of the blunders in system level test automation. Different skills, approaches, and objectives are needed to prevent inefficient automation, high maintenance costs, and wasted effort. Join Dot to discover how you can avoid these common blunders and achieve valuable test automation.

Intelligent Mistakes in Test Automation

Common misconceptions about automation stem from plausible but flawed ideas. This presentation covers five of these and why they are mistakes, for example why finding bugs is not a good objective for automated regression tests, why automating all of your manual tests is not a good idea, who should be the direct tool users, and why focusing on ROI may be harmful.

Test Automation Objectives

Clear and measurable objectives are important for test execution automation. Many commonly held objectives actually hinder the progress of automation. Learn the pitfalls to avoid and how to devise achievable and realistic objectives for your automation effort.

The Tester's Three Critical C's: Criticism, Communication & Confidence

Testers are human beings - it helps to understand how to communicate with confidence, especially when we are evaluating someone else's work.

Cognitive Illusions in Development and Testing

Optical illusions deceive the eye; cognitive illusions deceive our understanding. Recognising and learning how to deal with illusions allows us to overcome their negative impact. These illusions can come from both technical and management issues.