In Automation, With Great Judgement Comes Great Responsibility

July 25, 2018 | 11:00 AM Eastern



Failure, although painful, is part of life and business. Most companies accept that. However, what most people will not accept is failure due to poor judgement; especially when it concerns investment-backed technology and a fickle customer base. History has passed judgement on Pyrrhus of Epirus, cementing his legacy with a negative term meaning irresponsible (pyrrhic), aptly based on his name.


Being responsible means exercising good judgement. Despite universal consensus on right and wrong, we often eschew good judgement and embark on impractical quests for “complete end-to-end automation” or “automate at all cost.” These quests distract us from providing real value and instead cast our focus onto building an unsustainable Rube Goldberg machine of automation sadness. These are not responsible approaches. It is incumbent on us to undertake automation initiatives in a responsible, value-based way. This value can take many forms, but to capitalize on that value we must be aware of the many factors affecting it.


Join us as Paul Grizzaffi shares responsible ways to approach automation, the prerequisites necessary for success, as well as insights about automation responsibility from his own career. Let’s allow history (and our customers) to remember our automation initiatives fondly instead of as pyrrhic forays into irresponsibility.


What You Will Learn:

  • How to avoid pyrrhic automation initiatives
  • Knowledge required to exercise good automation judgement
  • Where to focus efforts to increase value
  • How and why responsibility is context dependent
  • Why you should be aware of Rube Goldberg machines


Who Should Attend:

  • Quality Assurance/Testers
  • Product Managers
  • CTOs

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Paul Grizzaffi, Principal Automation Architect at Magenic
A Principal Automation Architect at Magenic, Paul Grizzaffi is an accomplished keynote speaker and writer, who has spoken at both local and national conferences and meetings. He is an advisor to Software Test Professionals and STPCon, as well as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Advanced Research Center for Software Testing and Quality Assurance (STQA) at UT Dallas where he is a frequent guest lecturer. To hear more of Paul's thoughts, follow him on his blog, twitter, linkedin, or company website.