I’m Hunting Sasquatch – Finding Intermittent Issues Using Periodic Automation

In the pop culture, Sasquatch (also known as Bigfoot) is a possibly non-existent, ape-like creature infrequently seen in the Pacific Northwest. In the software realm, we have our own versions of Sasquatch: those irritating, “intermittent issues”. These kinds of issues are typically difficult to find and are often blamed on anything other than a product defect.

Using a real-world example, Paul Grizzaffi will explain how “periodic automation” can help hunt down these elusive targets. To give additional context, he will explain how this approach is related to High-Volume Automated Testing (HiVAT), including some HiVAT basics and some examples. He will also explain some considerations of which we need to be mindful when implementing periodic automation so as not to become desensitized to failures.

Session Takeaways:

  • The complexity of most current software systems all but guarantees intermittent issues in that system.
  • Periodic automation is ultimately based in academic-research, but also has real-world applications.
  • We must be mindful of “failure fatigue” when adding automation runs.


Location: Aspen Date: April 6, 2016 Time: 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Paul Grizzaffi