Everyone is doing automation, but very few can truly claim they’ve realized the desired or promised benefits. New tools, approaches and frameworks are popping up with claims of finally achieving test automation nirvana. Unfortunately, approaching automation from a specific tool perspective often furthers unrealistic expectations that prevent success. Similarly, your SDLC processes (agile, waterfall) and role (developer, CI/CD engineer, test engineer, etc.) often skew your view of test automation. The first step towards successful test automation is getting REAL about it. Lee discusses how to think about automation more generally and then apply automation principles where and how they can bring the most benefit. Specific topics include common automation myths and assumptions, why viewing test automation from a specific tool or role perspective is limiting your success, and how to identify potential automation opportunities unique to your situation. Take back techniques and examples for developing realistic expectations, applying a context-driven approach, and ultimately succeeding with test automation!