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When I first started doing this kind of thing, there were like two Tory Lawsons on the internet, one of whom was I think actually a Victoria. Now there are lots of us, and I am sorry if you were looking for one of the other ones. We have an annual retreat in Santa Fe, so if you want to get a hold of one of the others, let me know.

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"How should I respond as a developer if manual testing is assigned to me?"

Employees in all kinds of roles are often called upon to do things that are outside their normal job description. Handling this with grace and trying to do the best you can with it makes you more valuable to the company than if you are inflexible and refuse; that’s probably obvious but merits mentioning. Less obvious, perhaps, is the value you can bring to the company as a developer in that exercise.

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How do you find time for automation testing in your day to day work if you are fully occupied in manual testing?

I suspect you have some small scraps of time during your workday in order to try to learn a subject that seems insurmountably large. The first suggestion I would make is to adopt a time management process, particularly the Pomodoro Technique, which allows you to break up large tasks into small ones and make the most of small, discrete chunks of time.

Second, you need to know what you will tackle in those small chunks of time. I’m sure there are other ways of breaking it up, but I might break learning test automation into these broad parts...

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