4 simple steps to help you implement test automation
Many companies today realize that manual tests simply no longer suffice to ensure high software quality. Looking for a solution, they invest in a test automation platform or tool and think the problem is automatically solved. Unfortunately, these organizations often quickly hit a wall.
To get the best return on investment with test automation, you need to make sure that the test automation platform or solution you chose has been implemented correctly within your organization, as test automation requires a strategic approach.
Here are a few tips and tricks to help you choose and implement a test automation platform within your organization.
Start with a pilot project
You need to learn how to walk before you can run. A pilot project can help you implement a test automation platform gradually as your team experiments with the new platform and masters new skills. By starting with a simple project, your team, including your QA specialists, developers and project managers, will be able to adjust their work processes while exploring the new platform’s functionalities. To succeed, define precise goals at the start of the pilot project and focus first and foremost on improving your development processes and pipeline without trying to get too fancy.
Don’t try to automate everything right from the start
If you have a limited budget and a tight production calendar, a simpler, less ambitious test automation strategy is probably the right way to go. Instead of trying to automate all your tests, you can start with an urgent business need. For example, let’s say your application contains a billing module that sends invoices to your clients. If this module contains bugs or errors, it will have immediate and extremely negative consequences for your company. Automating all tests for this module only therefore makes sense not only from a development perspective, but also for business. By automating tests for this module, you will get a lot of business value while starting your journey towards test automation. If this is all your budget or production calendar allows you to do, it’s already a step in the right direction.
Choose a test automation platform that’s versatile and multi-technology
Your test automation platform should be compatible with several technologies and programming languages so that you can accomplish your business goals today while also retaining flexibility for your future projects. You should also choose a platform that complements your current development model. For example, if your company has never used DevOps, don’t try to implement a new test automation platform at the same time as you implement a new development structure. You risk causing important problems within your team by introducing too many big changes all at the same time.
Rely on data
One important benefit of implementing automated tests is the data they produce, which can give you an overview of the current software quality of your application, help you identify the precise source of a bug or an error and much more. Start integrating data into your company’s work flow so that you and your team can take better decisions based on accurate, up-to-date data. By focusing on data and integrating it into your internal processes, you’ll get more business value out of your automated tests and you’ll be able to guide the development process of your application as it progresses over time.
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