TLDR; push back, ask questions, and if all else fails - plan it as a manageable set of tasks
At the Test Automation Guild I was asked a question about how we calculate ROI for Test Automation. And its a hard question for me to answer in 30 seconds when I don’t know enough about the situation the person asking the question finds themselves in.
Because testers are often asked by managers for information that the manager should really be dealing with and which does not seem to add value to the process and which we are concerned trivializes or views the process from the wrong perspective.
I know this is a difficult position for testers.
And I know testers are asked to do this.
I empathize. I’ve been there.
And I want you to be able to take this less seriously - consider that your only warning for what you are about to receive.
So I will attempt to provide tactics to help with the situation.