Hi. I somehow ‘rolled’ into a job as a test automation engineer, without any previous experience in either testing or test automation. For a while now I’ve been observing the way things are being done, and just took them as they came. I didn’t really think about whether test automation (at least the way we do it) was the best way to go.
As things don’t always go as smoothly as I would like, I started reading up on testing and automation, listening to podcasts and generally trying to get more information and involvement in the testing community. (I feel like a total idiot for not doing that before, since a whole new world is opening up to me)
I’m now not completely convinced that our way is the best way anymore. The test automation team has been in place since a very long time, and the definition of what is or isn’t the responsibility of the team has been changing over time. The people have changed. The work load has changed. And all this time, development has been working on.
We are currently only in some kind of maintenance mode, and I’m definitely struggling to see the added value of our team in the organisation. But for some reason after all these years, we still exist. We don’t really collaborate with either development or the ‘other testers’, but we exist.
I think my main question is: if you already have a team of automation engineers, how do you get the focus back on quality, instead of maintaining what is already there, and has been there for a long time?