Test automation is not an exact science. As we drive toward an automation solution that validates accurately, the application or data undergoes changes, making it challenging to maintain the tests. The test automation professional must plan to make each test as predictive as possible. Jim Trentadue introduces a framework called S.M.A.R.T.E.R that can be used to accomplish this. The acronym is defined as: Strategy for understanding application behavior and variations, Methodology for implementing the logical model, Adaptable across different platforms or browsers, Roadmap for outlining the sequence and priority of those tests to address first, Toolbox to work with technologies available, Experienced personnel requirements for those to support such changes, and a Repeatable design for future success. By implementing this framework, your automation will be structured for ongoing success by making your test cases SMARTER!