TestFlix 2021 – Paul Grizzaffi

'TestFlix 2021' - Esteemed Speaker

Paul Grizzaffi

Principal Automation Architect at Cognizant Softvision's Magenic Studio

Atomic Talk Title: Bad Spin! Don’t Ignore Your Automation Ecosystem

On the game show Wheel of Fortune, contestants spin a giant wheel trying to earn money and win prizes. Not all the spaces are winners, though; wheel spaces such as “Lose A Turn” or “Bankrupt” are considered “bad spins”. This talk describes a bad spin in terms of poor test automation implementation.

Join Paul Grizzaffi as he presents a bad spin from his career that was not due to not respecting the organization’s automation ecosystem, i.e., the strategy, the audience, and the environment.


  1. Strategy is the why and how you should automation based on business goals and value.
  2. Audience comprises the team members directly and indirectly interested in automation.
  3. Environment is the “where” you run automation and those applications with which automation interacts.
  4. Ignoring the context-specific aspects of the ecosystem increases the risk of automation failure.


Speaker Bio

As a Principal Automation Architect for Magenic Studio at Cognizant Softvision, Paul Grizzaffi is following his passion for providing technology solutions to testing, QE, and QA organizations, including automation assessments, implementations, and through activities benefiting the broader testing community. An accomplished keynote speaker, international conference speaker, and writer, Paul has spoken at local and national conferences and meetings. He is an advisor to Software Test Professionals and STPCon, as well as a member of the Industry Advisory Board of the Advanced Research Center for Software Testing and Quality Assurance (STQA) at UT Dallas where he is a frequent guest lecturer. In addition to spending time with his twins, Paul enjoys sharing his experiences and learning from other testing professionals; his mostly cogent thoughts can be read on his blog at https://responsibleautomation.wordpress.com.
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