Monday, December 27, 2004

Brian Merricks when to automate paper

.. courtesy of Joseph King.

Directed at QA people. A fairly long paper that says you should only automate those tests that are going to help you.

Interestingly, it ignores the role of testing in development - especially in an agile environment where things are changing constantly. I think the tradeoffs change quite a bit in this environment. Especially as tests give you confidence that things are OK. Confidence gives you permission to make both small and large changes to the code base.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree. On an Agile project, I lean much more heavily toward automated tests. For my thinking along those lines, see this:
and this:

5:08 p.m.  

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