November 14, 2014

Automatic for the people

BY :     November 14, 2014

In order to succeed in projects we are expected to be efficient in our work. Too many people think that this automatically translates as “don’t do anything but work and do everything in a hurry”. That’s not the case.

Forbes’s blog post “9 Habits of Productive People” suggests eg. the following items:

  • Cut your to-do list in half. Getting things done during your workday shouldn’t mean fitting in doing as much as possible in the sanctioned eight hours.
  • Follow the 80/20 rule. Only 20 percent of what you do each day produces 80 percent of your results.

Of course, it’s easy to say this. Be more efficient by working less. But what if you have a lot of mandatory tasks that you just can’t drop? Maybe you should consider automating them.

For instance, Sikuli Script is an easy open-source way to automate tedious tasks. Whatever is on the screen, it’s probable that Sikuli can interact with it. If you have a manual task that could be done by a robot, why not try exactly that?

As demonstrated by the marvelous web comic XKCD  you can spend a surprisingly significant time on automating your task before you stop saving time in the long run.

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We automate test cases all the time and those cases emulate our real work. Why leave it only at that?

Tuomas Peurakoski

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Tuomas Peurakoski has been Consultant for Sogeti Group since 2013. During this time he has been continuously trying to find new ways to think outside the box and connect the already defined processes into more logical and streamlined gestalt entities. He has worked during this time in several different roles: test automator, manual tester, test manager and training. He is also the Finnish representative of Sogeti Mobile Testing STS and works a lot with sales to find the best solution for customers’ mobile testing needs.

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  1. Lewis Cowles · November 14, 2014 Reply

    Hi Tuomas,

    I couldn’t agree more with the sentiment here, which is why we have been creating software in my business for over a decade for businesses from local mechanical specialists to global fashion retailers, medical businesses, financial giants and even government.

    The thing is the article is a little general. Tell me more about specific use-cases, using databases to save time entering repetitive information, implementing standards compliance SW etc and I think it might encourage more engagement. Lovely article, a little short…

  2. Tuomas Peurakoski · November 15, 2014 Reply

    Hi Lewis,

    I agree that the article is general, I guess I just tried to awaken the sentiment of “why not automate your redundant tasks” but your idea of describing more specific use cases is great! I’ll tackle these in my future posts.

    Cheers,
    Tuomas

  3. AUTOMATIC FOR THE PEOPLE | QA:news · December 30, 2014 Reply

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  4. Pat · February 23, 2015 Reply

    Higher wages, less redundancy can help to grow alternative industries like leisure, publishing, leisure sports.

    Fewer workers and broader activites more likely to build shared prosperity and high quality of life than the same mice chasing the same piece of cheese that isn’t large enough to feed all.

*Opinions expressed on this blog reflect the writer’s views and not the position of the Sogeti Group