What Should I Automate? Using Opportunity Cost to Make Better Automation Choices

Far too often, automation projects automate the wrong thing(s). They focus on what looks “cool” and not what is best for the overall project. The test automation field is full of horror stories where projects fail because the automators either automate the wrong thing or automate the right thing in the wrong way. Automation is not cheap, and ineffective automation can kill your automation effort. In order to be successful, automation needs to target the proper areas and be cost effective.

In this session we will discuss how you can leverage the microeconomic theory of opportunity cost to make better automation choices.

Session Takeaways:

  • The importance of defining what is of value to your project.
  • How to calculate your opportunity cost.
  • Basic rules of thumb for minimizing opportunity cost.
  • Common mistakes to avoid.

Automation
Location: Majestic 1 Date: September 21, 2016 Time: 10:15 am - 11:15 am Troy Walsh