WinRunner: Could do we start automation before getting the build?
The Manual test cases should be written BEFORE the application is available, so does the automation process. automation itself is a development process, We do start the development BEFORE everything is ready, We can start to draw the structure and maybe some basic codes. And there are some benefits of having automation start early, e.g., if two windows have same name and structure and we think it is trouble, we may ask developer to put some unique identifiers, for example, a static which has different MSW_id). If we (& our boss) really treat the automation as the part of development, we should start this as early as possible, in this phase it likes the analyse and design phase of the product.