How Do You Factor Automation into Your Test Planning?

Ministry of Testing
5 min readFeb 1, 2022


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This week I’ve been thinking a lot about quality and value. The value we provide to our teams, our communities and ourselves. I’ve felt disjointed trying to put my finger on exactly what it was. But then I was inspired when I read a blog post from Patrick acknowledging that quality is a complex system and I realised that I’ll possibly never fully understand it and that’s okay.

Have you any thoughts about the complexity of quality?

Have a great day!
- Heather, CommunityBoss

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Do you have chatty Selenium tests? Are they telling the life story of the application but not getting to the point? There are ways to minimize the chatter.

Daniel explores the mindset shifts required to succeed with automation. Of course, there’s no silver bullet but it’s super helpful to have guidance you can apply in your own context.

With so many people in software engineering using Stack Overflow, just how do they ensure an efficient automation approach to continue to deliver at scale? Bridget spoke to their VP of Product Engineering and one of their software engineers to get a look under the hood.

Get Closer to the Community

Check out these 10 tips to help you find mistakes in your code while you’re learning based on Sharon’s own experience while learning Python. What mistakes could you find if you read your code backwards?

Are you stuck for inspiration with your Postman feature flows? Beth has shared a super helpful video to inspire you.

Following up on his learning SQL with LEGO series, Lee has shared some helpful tips about how you could start your own.



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