In today’s competitive landscape, enterprises and organizations need to assess the best way to execute test automation for their different projects. This has developed an awareness regarding the value that automated software testing can bring.
A well-established test automation methodology brings in predictability, repeatability, and agility, and thereby drives software engineering to a higher degree of quality. Test Automation Assessment helps understand whether or not an application requires to be automated. Based on certain criteria, recommendations are made that help decide whether an application really needs to be automated, and the advantages that may thus be achieved. Test automation assessment is usually performed either for customers with an existing test automation framework, or for clients with a want for a new test automation framework.
However, to continuously evolve best quality applications, organizations need to consistently test the automation process. Rapid Test Automation Assessment (RTAA) is a commonly used approach that enables organizations test the process.
What is a Rapid Test Automation Assessment?
If the test automation assessment is to be achieved within shorter timelines than the normal time frames, RTAA becomes a necessity. RTAA refers to a fast analyses and execution of a TAF that fits in a small environment, specifically created based on the criticality of the test cases.
4 Steps for a Rapid Test Automation Assessment
- Understand the Existing System: This involves analysing the current state of quality assurance and testing methodologies being followed. An inceptive understanding of the system, their technology, processes and testing information will be taken up as part of the assessment. An understanding of the system is known through knowledge of the objectives, a know-how of the technology stack is taken up, user flows is identified, and analysis of the manual test cases if any.
- Assessment: Utilization of the tools and the extent of their automation readiness approach will be identified in this step. A requirement traceability matrix is prepared that details the extent of test cases, business and details of the functional requirements and areas of quality enhancement. Tool feasibility and confirmation in addition with automation ROI analysis is also taken into account as part of the assessment approach. But foremost, the top few of the most business-critical test cases are recognized.
- Proof of Concept (POC) to Demonstrate Feasibility: This phase comprises of implementing a TAF for the environment and executing only the identified critical test cases for conducting a POC. The POC will help identify financial and operational benefits and provide suggestions regarding the actual need for complete automation.
- Recommendations & Implementation: Specific test automation tools, automation feasibility, and automation approach will be clearly defined in this phase.
Primary assessment focus areas are automation framework, automation integration and its fitment in the SDLC. In automation framework areas, reusable function libraries, test object maps, exception, error management etc. will be detailed.
In the automation integration focus area, test management, source code repository, and defect management, continuous build management etc. will be defined. In the fitment in SDLC focus area, details like existing /target automation coverage, metrics, test prioritization etc. will be listed.
Outcome of the Rapid Test Automation Assessment
The output of this rapid test automation recommends appropriate automation strategies and executes them to improve testing quality, minimize testing effort, schedule and ensure return on investments. A comprehensive report of the process, tools and people will be provided. Predictions for effective project management, simple details on the response and demand for continuous communication with business teams and the need to absorb changes recommended by business will be defined. Execution of tools to effectively track defects and a well-defined test strategy document covering all aspects of testing requirements will be provided.