Assess the Appropriateness of Automated Functional Testing

Automated functional testing tools. A life-vest for some, and an anchor for others.

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Your Challenge

  • Automating functional testing can improve software quality for the right shop.
  • The cost of automation tools and ongoing maintenance can outweigh the benefits.
  • This solution set will help you identify whether functional testing automation is right for your team.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Automating functional testing improves quality, but does not replace the need for testers or reduce quantifiable development costs.
  • Functional testing can be done without automation tools. In fact, 56% of shops polled don't automate testing and of those, 65% have no interest in doing so.
  • Don't blame failure on the tools. Client's reported that even the top of the line testing tools require high configuration and test case maintenance.

Impact and Result

  • Avoid wasted efforts on automation by learning whether your team and application portfolio is a good fit for the team.
  • Get a head start on building a case for automation with cost estimates, ROI calculators and cases that demonstrate implementation efforts.
  • Avoid potential damage to your QA process by learning about the uses and limitations of functional automation tools from your peers.

Assess the Appropriateness of Automated Functional Testing

1

Separate hope from vendor hype

Quantify the risks, benefits and pitfalls of functional testing automation.

2

Decide whether automated testing is appropriate

Ensure the development/QA team is the right fit to benefit from automated functional testing tools

3

Know the true cost and return of automated functional testing tools

Understand the total cost of ownership associated with functional testing tools and calculate expected return.