This new QAI webinar (link below), led by Elfriede Dustin (IDT), describes various automated software testing practices that have yielded the positive results required of an automated test program. It provides proven examples of best practices in a scriptless automated testing environment using image-based capture. It articulates the process of selecting the best automated software testing tool for your program.

Choosing the best automated software testing tool includes:

  • Understanding your testing problem – Define the types of tests and type of test coverage you need.
  • Choosing the correct tool for your testing needs – Research which tools match your needs and choose a tool that not only meets your testing challenge, but is easy to implement.
  • Defining an Automated Testing Strategy – It is not always necessary, or prudent, to automate every test. Research and an experienced testing partner can help determine which tests are the best candidates for automation. The type of automation and the approach to each specific automated test are also key components of an automated testing strategy.

Not only is it important that a capable automated software testing solution is used to meet specific testing requirements, but also that the appropriate capture techniques are applied. The session also discusses how software testing fits into a Continuous Integration environment. Dustin provides workaround suggestions and ideas for avoiding the maintenance difficulties that can lead to wasted time and shelved automated software testing solutions. Lastly, this webinar describes the ideal requirements an automated testing solution should meet in order to be able to implement the selected best practices proposed here. A brief demo of ATRT: Test Manager is included.


Elfriede Dustin is a Technical Director at Innovative Defense Technologies (IDT) where she applies her passion for automated software testing in a myriad of ways. She is a frequent speaker at various conferences and the author of many articles and books, including Implementing Automated Software Testing (Addison-Wesley, 2009). She is joined by Lynn Durholz, a software engineer at IDT, who presents the demo of ATRT: Test Manager.

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This webinar was originally recorded on January 22, 2014, and was released by the QAI Global Institute on March 3, 2014. It is shared with the permission of QUEST Conferences and QAI.