Advancing toward Test Automation through Effective Manual Testing

Advancing toward Test Automation through Effective Manual Testing

The fast pace of modern software development creates tremendous challenges for the test team. Online software updates and frequent release cycles generate a "moving target" for test automation efforts. This paper outlines IBM's recommended approach to the test automation challenge, knowing that most testing is first done manually. IBM Rational Manual Tester promptly increases the effectiveness of manual testing. It also encourages testers of all skill levels to build linked content using drag and drop and copy/paste when writing manual test scripts. This linked content in Manual Tester's reuse view allows a test team to focus automation efforts on the most frequently repeated flows first. IBM's approach yields earlier return on investment and accelerates reaching the benefits of keyword-driven testing while providing better test script documentation.

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Bob Levy Lead Product Manager, IBM Software Group Bob Levy serves IBM Rational as a lead product manager, managing strategy and direction for the Functional Test line of business. His portfolio includes the award-winning IBM Rational Robot, Functional Tester, and Manual Tester. He has served as president of the Boston Product Management Association from its May 2001 founding to January 1, 2003. Mr. Levy has earned a bachelor's degree in computer science and an MBA from Dalhousie University in his birthplace of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Dennis Elenburg IT Specialist, IBM Software Group Dennis Elenburg is a certified Rational product specialist with 15 years of experience in software development and consulting. He currently works as an IT specialist on an IBM Rational sales team based in Dallas. He holds a physics degree from Austin College.

IBM Software Group
20 Sep 2005
01 May 2005
12 Page(s)
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