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Thursday, June 16 • 11:00 - 12:00
Test Automation Heuristics (Part II)

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Heuristics are general rules that can be very useful. This session presents heuristics about automate tests to help decide whether and how to use them.

Most automated testing starts with a test tool and work out exercises using the tool. We can use heuristics to decide the types of tests to automate, which tools are needed for that automation, and how to select the best tests.


  • The usefulness of heuristics

  • What test automation can and cannot do for us

  • When manual testing is better than automated testing

  • Design of automated tests

  • Factors influencing software behavior

  • Deterministic and approximate oracles

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Doug Hoffman

BACS, MSEE, MBA, ASQ Fellow, ASQ-CSQE, ASQ-CMQ/OE (quality management), Software Quality Methods, LLC.
Douglas Hoffman is an independent consultant with Software Quality Methods, LLC. He has been in the software engineering and quality assurance fields for over 25 years and now is a management consultant in strategic and tactical planning for software quality. He is past section chairman for the Santa Clara Valley Section of the American Society for Quality (ASQ), past president of the Association for Software Testing (AST), and chairman of... Read More →