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on 8 October 2012
I am about to embark on an automated software testing project using TestComplete, so I needed some 'to-do and do-not's before we have built a huge framework.

This book has been a huge disappointment. A lot of wishy-washy business pitch. If you believe in their water-fall approach to software development, you may agree with some of what they say, but then you know this already. And it is all about planning, not about aspects of automated testing you may need to know about when you actually embark (or plan to embark) on a AST project.

I think following the suggestions of this book will keep you busy with planning and estimating and setting up and implementing, and it will possibly help you sell a test-automation project to your managers (if you need this type of help), but it will not bring you any closer to a functioning automated software testing system, as it has very little to say about how you actually do automated software testing.
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This book presents a comprehensive treatement of the domain of software testing automation. The first part defines and describes test automation, proposing a business case for automation and discussing the pitfalls that should be avoided. The second part is a roadmap for test automation. It gives six keys for software testing automation payoff:
1. Know your requriments
2. Develop a strategy
3. Test your tools
4. Track progress and adjust
5. Implement the process
6. Put the right people in the process.
Four appendixes complete the book. They provide a process checklist, explain how automation applies to various testing types, disscuss tools evaluation and give a case study.

The fact that the autors have worked with the Defence industry might have affected the way the book was conceived and written: with structure and rigor. The discussions, recommandations, references and tools suggestions apply however to every software testing situation and not only to organization that are strongly process oriented. The aim of the book is to be a guide that can help to implement successfully automated software testing and it certainly achieve its objective.
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