Next Meeting - September 9, 2014

Test Automation – Snake Oil for Testers & Pitfalls to Avoid
Speaker: Pradeep Chennavajhula, Vice President of the QAI Global Institute & CEO Edista Testing Institute

Test Automation – Snake Oil for Testers & Pitfalls to Avoid
Very often, Automation is viewed as a silver bullet in reducing testing efforts and increasing delivery speed. While it is true that automated tests can provide rapid feedback on the health of the system, all approaches to automated testing are not created equal, and surely there are some pitfalls to be avoided. Section 1 of the talk focuses on clarifying the expectations, providing a perspective on when automation is helpful.

Introducing test automation is an exciting time; however, it is also fraught with danger. Silly mistakes or oversights could cost you dear in future, so you need to make sure you don’t stumble over the common pitfalls early on, and clear the hurdles just perfectly. Section 2 of the talk focuses on identifying the pitfalls early, and taking relevant steps to ensure that the automation program yields results.

In the concluding section titled "Don't put socks on the Hippopotamus", the presenter provides his own experiential perspective on the common sins of automation, and how we need to avoid making Test Automation – a snake oil for all ailments..!

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   6:30 – 7:00  Networking & Refreshments
   7:00 – 7:15  Welcome and Job Announcements
   7:15 – 8:15 Presentation. The last 15 minutes is for Q&A    8:15 – 8:30  Networking

MEETING LOCATION: Different Meeting Location for September only
  Northpark Town Center
  1100 Abernathy Road NE
  Building 500
  Atlanta, GA 30328

  Peachtree Dunwoody Room (Northpark Building 500)

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Attendees should park in Visitor Parking at building 500 and check in with Security. The meeting is in Peachtree Dunwoody Room.

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About the Speaker:
Pradeep Chennavajhula is Vice President of the QAI Global Institute & CEO Edista Testing Institute (A Venture of QAI Global). His current focus is to enable IT organizations with Operational Excellence & Workforce Transformation - strategy and execution in the Software Testing and Quality domain.

He leads the design and delivery of products and services for Continuous Improvement and Professional Development of testers across all levels in India, China, UAE and USA. Some of the major clients he works with include Mass Mutual, Lincoln Financial Group, Travelers Insurance, Emirates Airlines, Cadbury's, Accenture, Siemens, SLK Software, and over 50+ others across 12+ countries.

Pradeep is well known in the IT conference network in India, particularly those focusing on Software Testing, Quality & Engineering Economics. His technical interests include software testing, estimation, and project management; his business interests are in talent management, economics, and strategy.

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