FiSTB Testing Assembly


Alan Richardson - Automating Tactically and Strategically

Do you automate tactically or strategically? Both approaches are useful and can help our test projects in different ways. Thinking about automating tactically allows us to move fast, target immediate needs, support testing and gain benefits very quickly - often with minimal cost and justification. Automating strategically allows us to gain the backing for longer periods of work and justify the cost and ongoing maintenance. If we believe we are automating strategically but we actually automate tactically then we may create problems for ourselves: we may not have the time for maintenance and refactoring, we may not use our 'automation' to support our 'manual testing'. Other dangers and problems exist, which we will learn about in this keynote when we will compare the two approaches, learn the dangers and the benefits, and learn how to combine tactical and strategic approaches to better our testing efforts.

Alan Richardson has more than twenty years of professional IT experience, working as a programmer and at every level of the testing hierarchy from tester through head of testing. Author of the books "Dear Evil Tester", "Selenium Simplified" and "Java For Testers". Alan also has created online training courses to help people learn Technical Web Testing and Selenium WebDriver with Java. He works as an independent consultant, helping companies improve their use of automation, agile, and exploratory technical testing. Alan posts his writing and training videos on,,, and


Esko Valtaoja

Esko Valtaoja is a professor emeritus and author. Valtaoja has worked as at the University of Turku, 1975 - 2015, at the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He was working as a professor of space astronomy 1997 - 2015.

Esko has written several books. In 2002 his book, Kotona maailmankaikkeudessa (At Home in the Cosmos) won the Finlandia Prize for the best non-fiction work of the year. After this he became a popular guest speaker at TV shows, popular science seminars etc. Part of his popularity comes from his ability to present complex scientific theories and ideas in a manner that is both understandable and entertaining to the general audience.

Since then, Valtaoja wrote another book, Avoin tie (The Open Road, 2004), in which he explains his visions of the future - with the general audience in mind. Third book: Ihmeitä: kävelyretkiä kaikkeuteen (Wonders: Saunters to the Universe), was published October 2007.

In 2012 Esko wrote a book: Kaiken Käsikirja ("Manual of Everything"). Esko has said about this book: This is my attempt to summarize all the essential about the world and about the human beings, the substance and the spirit in one book. Esko Valtaoja is an incurable dissident and a positive futurist - and in Finland: He was chosen as the most significant Finnish scientist alive in 2013 and he was elected Speaker of The Year, 2014.