The journey into test automation can take many paths with a major decision point being what tools are the best fit. Third party automation solutions aren’t necessarily a one size fits all solution. Agile teams may want to adopt Gherkin style acceptance criteria for user stories instead of more traditional test scenarios and test cases. Join Mary Jo Zervas and learn how one company built their own custom keyword-driven automation framework using the open source tool SpecFlow within .net development teams. During this session, Mary Jo will provide an introduction to the SpecFlow tool. You will gain insight to their keyword framework with approximately 200 keywords used to create 1500 automated tests across six applications. She will also discuss how common automation pitfalls like UI latency and data management were handled and the success of a community of practice approach to managing changes to the automation framework. Using this custom SpecFlow framework, seventy manual testers were onboarded and trained to creating automated tests. Whereas previous releases were deployed quarterly, now the teams deploy releases confidently each month.