Selenium tests in Node.js project retrospective

I have been working on the project with more or less focus on it since 2015. Maybe the easiest way to follow the project is by taking a look at a few epic tasks:

T182421: Q3 Selenium framework improvements will come to an end in a few days, so last week a few of us had a meeting to discuss the project.


  • The new Node.js Selenium framework is simpler and easier to use than previous Ruby framework.

What could have gone better:

  • A lot of effort is required to port large test suites. Some teams were able to do it, some teams were not.
  • It was not clear that both Ruby and Node.js frameworks could coexist.
  • It was not clear that Mocha is recommended, but not mandatory. It is still possible to write Cucumber tests.
  • Some features of the Ruby framework are not available in Node.js framework, like multi-user login.
  • Node.js's built-in assertion library sometimes doesn't provide useful error messages. Chai is a good alternative.
  • It would be better if a meeting like this happened at the beginning of the project, and several times during the project.

Things to do:

Meeting notes are available at 20180320 Selenium Retrospective.

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Written by zeljkofilipin on Mar 26 2018, 2:28 PM.
Senior Software Engineer in Test (Contractor)
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Well done. Thanks for the retrospective.