3 Things You Should Know Before Starting Automated Testing

June 18, 2018 Ashley Mennel

There are many benefits to test automation. The reduced execution time alone is enough to turn heads. But if your organization has plans to implement DevOps, automating testing is no longer a question of if, but when. That’s not to say that all testing should be automated. 

If you’re still in the process of weighing the pros and cons of adding test automation to your everyday experience, you’ll benefit from reading our blog detailing the perks of test automation. To ensure that you and your organization are set up for success from the moment you launch your first test automation, keep reading this blog.

Revolutionizing processes

Testing automation has helped us revolutionize our delivery process while driving consistent, calculated releases to our customers. As you might’ve already learned, testing automation can benefit anyone implementing new cloud solutions in their organization. Specifically, large enterprises, complex infrastructures, developers, and testing teams working in Workday and Salesforce can directly benefit from testing automation.

What’s more, Appirio follows best practices in all phases of the project to ensure quality deliverables. We can lower the cost of defects and maintenance after the go-live date by utilizing TestRight. We will also detect critical issues and requirement gaps early in development.

But what else should you know before beginning the testing automation process? Here are three valuable tips for making the most of your testing environment and working with both our Cloud Management and THRIVE experts. 

1. Share preferences for Testing Framework

When you choose a partner to support your requirements for writing, development, or test automation, make sure that you share your testing framework with all parties. A testing framework is the general acceptance criteria that is determined before testing begins. Sharing your testing framework is the most important factor to ensure that goals are met, expectations are achieved, and errors are minimized. 

If a single platform cannot be used, partners will often integrate their preferred framework with yours. This increases efficiency throughout the project lifecycle and allows you to maintain visibility across teams and organizations.

2. Focus on stability

If code and functionality are prone to change, the test cases for those areas will require changes as well. Maintain efficiency by focusing on stable codes and functions. Hold off on testing more volatile areas until the automated functionality is well-established and opportunities for surprises are minimized.

3. Prioritize

Whether this is your first time, or you’ve experienced years of enhancement roll-outs, you’ll want to start by prioritizing. There are three main points to consider when evaluating the priority of test automation. 

  • Identify the most critical areas of the application (most prone to regression) - Items that are less likely to cause regression issues should be deprioritized, as they will require less effort to manually test.
  • Determine if the test script is UI or feature focused - UI-based elements need to be manually checked to ensure fonts and images display correctly.
  • Analyze the ROI of the test automation - Test automation can be evaluated based on the criteria that impacts the ROI. Be sure to analyze both the efficiency and risk reduction of automating your tests. Most ROI calculations consider the ratio of gains to investment. However, it can be difficult to quantify the gains from upping your testing automation strategy. Efficiency ROI calculations considers gains in terms of time the organization saves by automating, while the risk reduction formula recognizes the cost savings of the organization as part of the equation. 



Click here for a simple ROI calculator that can be used to project your organization’s possible efficiency and risk reduction ROI metrics. 

Approach your testing strategy with confidence to accomplish a quick test automation test suite, which will ensure quality and inspiring confidence in your product. But it’s equally important to understand that testing automation serves a purpose. Moderation is key. Start with the stable, high-priority areas and focus on growing your test automation suite iteratively. Be sure to review your tests with every iteration, as the relevance of your tests and the error rate will likely change over time.

We want to be who you turn to for all things cloud-related, that’s why we employ the brightest developers and smartest cloud experts around the globe. Our team can help you determine your organization’s testing needs through a discovery and roadmap meeting. To learn more about our customizable cloud solutions, please visit our Appirio Hub.

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