Most QA organizations treat test automation as a subset of their overall testing process.  Thus, test automation must fit within the predefined manual test processes. However, test automation work and deliverables do not always fit perfectly into that predefined manual testing process.

Test automators must understand development standards for controls and objects, structure the tests for modularity and flexibility, and eliminate the manual efforts for the same testing function. Revisions to a typical V-model testing process are required to fuse in the test automation work and there may be changes to the manual testing process, specifically in the overall Test Plan and down to the Test Case level.

Attend this session and learn how to make your test automation processes complementary to your manual test processes and derive the maximum benefit from both.


Jim Trentadue has over 15 years of experience as a coordinator/manager in the software testing field. He has filled various roles in testing over his career, focusing on test execution, automation, management, environment management, standards deployment, and test tool implementation. In the area of offshore testing, Jim has worked with multiple large firms on developing and coordinating cohesive relationships. Jim has presented at numerous industry conferences including the Rational Development Conference, IIST, and QAI chapter meetings. Jim has acted as a substitute teacher at the University of South Florida's software testing class, mentoring students on the testing industry and trends for establishing future job searches and continued training.