10 Essentials for Effective Test Automation

Test automation can provide great benefits to the software testing process and improve the quality of the results…. but its use must be justified and its methods effective.

The reasons to automate software testing lie in the pitfalls of manual software testing…

As we all know too well, the average manual software testing program:

Adapted from the LogiGear white paper

Offshore Software Test Automation: A Strategic Approach to Cost and Speed Effectiveness“.

– Is slow and costly
– Is difficult to manage
– Does not scale well
– Is not consistent and repeatable

Effective test automation resolves each of these issues, allowing management to:

    • Drive down costs
    • Bring software to market faster
    • Gain critical awareness into QA status

How, then, can test automation be made effective?

The most essential element of effective software test automation is a strong foundation in methodology. Methodology drives tool selection and the rest of the automation process. It also helps to drive the approach to offshoring the “appropriate” pieces of the testing process.

Here is the short list every manager needs to make methodology work for them:

10 Essentials for Effective Test Automation:

  1. Know the steps of the software development process and how they relate to each other.
  2. Have a solid understanding of the required planning.
  3. Understand that software testing is a strategic effort.
  4. Commit to giving software testing its own budget and funding.
  5. Use the Action Based Testing (ABT) methodology and choose the right enabling technologies that support it.
  6. Put in place the right people with the proper skills and training.
  7. Separate test design from test automation so that automation does not dominate test design.
  8. Lower costs by using less expensive labor than a local team.
  9. Integrate global resourcing strategies and best practices.
  10. Jumpstart the process with a pre-trained outsourcing partner.

 

LogiGear Corporation

LogiGear Corporation LogiGear Corporation provides global solutions for software testing, and offers public and corporate software-testing training programs worldwide through LogiGear University. LogiGear is a leader in the integration of test automation, offshore resources and US project management for fast and cost-effective results. Since 1994, LogiGear has worked with hundreds of companies from the Fortune 500 to early-stage startups, creating unique solutions to exactly meet their needs. With facilities in the US and Vietnam, LogiGear helps companies double their test coverage and improve software quality while reducing testing time and cutting costs. For more information, contact Joe Hughes + 01 650.572.1400

LogiGear Corporation
LogiGear Corporation provides global solutions for software testing, and offers public and corporate software testing training programs worldwide through LogiGear University. LogiGear is a leader in the integration of test automation, offshore resources and US project management for fast, cost-effective results. Since 1994, LogiGear has worked with Fortune 500 companies to early-stage start-ups in, creating unique solutions to meet their clients’ needs. With facilities in the US and Viet Nam, LogiGear helps companies double their test coverage and improve software quality while reducing testing time and cutting costs.

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