Web Test Automation Workbook #01: Hello Web Test Automation

Welcome to Learning Web Test Automation with short and purposeful exercises, no tech background is required at all.

Zhimin Zhan
7 min readOct 28, 2022

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This article is one of the “Web Test Automation Workbook” series (the complete training course will be on my Substack Newsletter), a set of bite-size exercises.

I usually train web test automation in a format of one-day group training or one-on-one coaching. Most of the attendees are manual testers and developers, i.e., they understand software, testing, HTML, or even basic programming. Recently, I conducted an experiment of training web test automation for two 100% laymen, who were never involved with any software development. To put it simply, their knowledge of the web is limited to web browsing.

Furthermore, they did not have the plan or desire to work in software industry, yet. If the content is not interesting, I will lose their attention. My usual 8-hour training is not applicable to them. Therefore, I came up with a series of bite-sized test automation training. One short session, typically 15–30 minutes, per day. A session consists of

  • a few minutes of introduction
  • an easy-to-understand test case (test steps listed)

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Zhimin Zhan

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