In my entire testing history, I’ve mostly been the only dedicated tester until that one time where I got to hire someone to mentor Whenever automation needed to be considered, I pretty much just fit it in around everything else I was doing.
I see many companies advertising for automation engineers whose role is to automate regression checks, smoke tests, end to end tests etc. I imagine that these people sit outside the team somewhat, not necessarily part of the sprint but nonetheless working on important things.
So my question is really how do you integrate automation engineers into your team? Do they have stories dedicated to automation tasks to be completed as part of the sprint? Do they have their own separate project? Or something else entirely?