MIX APPROACHES

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Pattern summary

Don’t be afraid to use different tools or approaches

Category

Management

Context

This pattern is appropriate when you want to automate as efficiently as possible

Description

Use a variety of different tools or approaches, as they can complement each other and give you much better results than if you stick to just one tool or approach

Implementation

  • For every task, use the tool that fits best
  • Freeware tools can be just as effective as expensive commercial ones
  • PREFER FAMILIAR SOLUTIONS: if possible chose tools that are already in use in your organization and that are well known
  • AUTOMATE WHAT'S NEEDED: decide individually for each application if it’s better to use test automation, manual tests or a mixture of both

Potential problems

Make sure that the approaches you choose to mix are able to work together. You could waste a lot of time trying to get incompatible tools to work together, which wouldn't be worth the effort.

Issues addressed with this pattern

INADEQUATE TOOLS
MANUAL INTERVENTIONS

Experiences

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