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Pattern summary
Appoint an owner for the test automation effort. If there is already a "champion" give him or her public support.

Category
Management

Context
This pattern is already necessary for individual automation efforts, but is especially important for long lasting success by larger automation projects

Description
The "test automation owner" is not necessarily the project leader, but he or she must be its "champion". The owner, once test automation has been established, controls that it stays "healthy" and keeps an eye on new tools, techniques or processes in order to improve it.

Implementation
The most important patterns for the automation owner are:
  • LOOK AHEAD: keep in touch with the tester, automation and development community in order to stay informed about new tools, methods etc.
  • LOOK FOR TROUBLE: watch out for possible problems in order to solve them before they become unmanageable.

Other useful patterns:

Potential problems

Issues addressed by this pattern
AD-HOC AUTOMATION
AUTOMATION DECAY
LOCALISED REGIMES
STALLED AUTOMATION

Experiences
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