Thanks to Sune Engsig from Leapwork for providing us with this blog post:
How can you get the most out of test automation? While it’s a cornerstone in DevOps, it doesn’t always go to plan. But when implemented correctly, it helps increase the quality of software while containing costs.
Not surprisingly, IT departments everywhere are realizing the importance of having a clearly defined test automation strategy, instead of taking a risk-based approach to testing.
Once the decision has been made to roll out test automation, the next issue presents itself: “How are we actually going to do this? What’s the plan?”
Whether it is regression testing, functional testing, or unit testing, having an overview of your test suite before you get started with a testing tool will help your team considerably.
Where to begin your strategy development?
Putting together a test automation strategy can seem overwhelming. It’s tempting to get stuck right in and put test automation to work. However, for test automation to succeed, it demands careful consideration of your team’s requirements, the time you have available, and the successes and failures of past projects – if any.
For example, if you’re coming from a manual testing background, testing will be slow. This causes QA bottlenecks and results in more human errors and bugs in production. Naturally, your requirement would be to adopt automation that will speed up development, and make availability to increase the scope of testing.
If you’ve used an automation solution that is highly complex, then it could only be used by a few technical test engineers. This prevents those who actually have domain knowledge from using automation. This would mean the requirements for your next project would be a tool that can be used and fully scaled across teams regardless of their technical capabilities.
How to build a test automation strategy
We have created a checklist of the areas to focus on – no matter whether you want to move away from manual testing or optimize your current automation process
You can access the full checklist to get a detailed description of how to create an agile test automation strategy. You’ll be equipped to develop a plan of action to achieve your test automation goals.
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Sune Engsig, Chief Evangelist at Leapwork
As Leapwork’s Chief Evangelist, Sune Engsig helps hundreds of organizations deliver business capabilities faster and more efficiently with automation. He has more than 20 years of experience working with business and process development as well as IT architecture for enterprises. In addition, he has extensive project management experience from both government and the telecoms industry. Sune is driven by a mission to find ways for businesses to extend their capabilities with the help of technology.