Top 43 Automation Engineers 2018

Automation Guild Conference – 2018

I was excited and humbled to read the name Ali Khalid in the top experts to follow in year 2018. After years of talking to Automation and performance testing professionals, Joe Colantonio came up with a list of automation experts to look our for next year (2018).

I am honored to be invited as an expert for Q&A sessions at the Automation Guild Conference 2018. It always has been a pleasure to interact with folks at the conference and be a part of it.

Parallelization Article –

Talk at PSQC 2018 Conference

An article for on how to start thinking about adding parallelization to your automation framework, an important piece for continuous integration.

A talk I gave at the PSQC conference on ‘To be technical or not to be, that is the question’. The complete presentation is also uploaded on YouTube here which tells the story of how a tester learned to become more technical.

CI/CD Expert Roundup –

Debugging Automation Framework – TechBeacon

Round table expert discussion from different thought leaders in the industry on CI/CD from a quality stand point. It was a nice experience and a great effort from the SeaLights team to bring together different opinions on the topic.

In this article I discuss 7 lessons learned from debugging a test automation framework while me and my team went through  a weeks-long ordeal figuring out changes in latest browser / automation tool & AUT versions.

Test Data Management – TEST Magazine

Podcast – TestTalks

Automating an ERP product has a profound impact on the automation architecture. In his experience, Ali Khalid says one of the most challenging aspects is test data. The highly complex and integrated business logic of ERPs coupled with configurable work-flows makes ERP’s test data very difficult to manager. Here, Khalid explains different methods of handling test data, some of which would work well for less complex applications

Discover how to automate embedded, SaaS and ERP systems, so prepare to learn some useful tips and best practices as we Test Talk with Ali Khalid, a test automation expert and enthusiast who has a ton of consulting experience working with all kinds of automation projects.

Cost-Effective Test Automation Using Cloud Solutions – PSQC

Automation Framework Design Training

My talk in (Pakistan Software Quality Conference) was based on “Cost Effective Test Automation using Cloud Solutions”. I was invited as a guest speaker in Marriott hotel Islamabad. My first intend was to highlight the current challenges of Automation project e.g. uncertain elements, large execution time, scripts crashes, execution on multiple environments and many more. Read More

Test automation framework design training sessions in 2015, went over different aspects of developing an automation framework. While the overall program included training of multiple aspects using TestComplete as the automation tool, the framework development section was designed to be applicable to any tool. Main training contents included Why an automation framework is needed,  Planning to develop your framework, Developing framework architecture, and Highly desirable framework characteristics.

Tester’s Meetup – 2016

Project Management Paper Publication

In efforts to gather and organize the testing community in Lahore a couple of tester’s meetups have been organized this year. The few things I shared and learned from the event are up for the readers.

For my group I decided to moderate the discussion on ‘considerations in developing an automation framework’. Instead of a presentation on the topic, the event was organized more towards group discussions where everyone could participate. Following are the few main ideas discussed. Each topic is in itself is an extensive discussion, the very jist of all were talked about in the 40 minutes we had.

A research paper I published on Project Escalation and causes for a specific project where I was leading testing side.

It is not a very odd thing for Information System projects to go over budget. Furthermore these projects can reach a point where the cost of the project has surpassed the expected utility, where still investment keeps on going. The phenomenon is known as project escalation. Researchers have identified what are the possible causes of a project to escalate. Apart from some fundamental points, there is variation in the total sum of all forces acting upon the project management team. As the research has evolved, it is understood factors from inside the company are playing an important role such as culture.