How I used communication to overcome 4 challenges as a test engineer

How to communicate effectively as a test automation engineer

Sérgio Martins
6 min readJul 25, 2021
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I’ve been mainly working with fully remote teams — check out my article on building (a real) team during the pandemic — for these past few years. And, although I love working remotely, some communication struggles have been getting tougher to workaround in a virtual and remote world.

In this article, I‘ll share how to approach some of these common communication struggles with examples.

How to communicate better to solve common challenges

1. “Why do we need a test automation engineer?”

My first reaction be like, who doesn’t know what the heck does being a test automation engineer even means? But, reality check: The majority of the clients don’t have a clear definition nor understand the need for a test automation engineer that they’re paying for, and that’s ok.

The critical factor here is to know your audience. Whenever you’re communicating, whether verbally or in writing, you must know who it is that you’re communicating with. Thus, if you’re communicating with someone outside of your domain…



Sérgio Martins

Hey, my name is Sérgio, and I’m a Senior Software Engineer by trade. Here you’ll find short and straight-to-the-point articles related to my craft, and business