Here’s a thought: With applications tying into so many other apps, endpoints, services and databases, it can be difficult to know what should be automated.
Imagine if your app’s code wasn’t changed at all for a month. Assuming it was working before, it should still work, right?
And yet, how often do tests fail because of something upstream not working properly.
What would you need to automate to detect that problem early? And: would it even really need to be a test against your app, or more of a health check against theirs?
Would that be a pretty simple test? Probably.
Then: If you already have some tests that cover this, what about running those first? Make sure everything upstream of you is up and reasonably functioning, before running the rest of your tests.