Upskill Software Engineers in Test Automation to greatly Boost Productivity

A simple, effective and should-have-been method to greatly increase software engineers’ productivity and morale.

Zhimin Zhan
8 min readMay 19, 2022


Table of Contents:
· Hiring good IT engineers is getting hard
· Understand Software Engineer’s Productivity
· Why Test Automation makes a better programmer?
· My Productivity Gain after mastering Test Automation and CT
· Reality Check
· How?

Hiring good IT engineers is getting hard

Last week, I saw an alarming headline.

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Tech companies — including the likes of Amazon, Google, Atlassian and Canva — are paying between $147,000 and $350,000 for graduates, with some salaries including stock options and end-of-year bonuses, according to data obtained by The Australian.

From a reliable source, I can confirm that ~A$150K for new graduates is true.

The reasons for such a high salary (even for graduates) might be due to the impact of Covid…



Zhimin Zhan

Test automation & CT coach, author, speaker and award-winning software developer. Help teams succeed with Agile/DevOps by implementing real Continuous Testing.