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.
We automate test cases all the time and those cases emulate our real work. Why leave it only at that?
*This article was previously published in Sogeti Labs
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.