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Leverage Gen AI to Improve Your Test Automation Strategy

Create an exponential return by integrating AI-enhanced practices into your quality assurance program.

  • The struggle with the “Test Squeeze” is real! Having a test automation strategy helps, as it informs how you make decisions around what level of test coverage you need or what test scripts and use cases you can omit or ignore. Yet it’s still not enough.
  • Finding the balance is difficult, and though generative AI can help, there are so many tools and use cases, it’s hard to know where to start. Knowing how to address the elements of your test automation strategy that will deliver the highest value to your test/QA teams and the broader organization.

Our Advice

Critical Insight

  • Generative AI is a powerful tool. Tools are not enough.
  • Gen AI can be leveraged to enhance the productivity and capability of your test automation strategy. But alone they are worthless. They must be combined with technical skill in managing Gen AI and a mature and stable data practice to be truly effective.

Impact and Result

  • Determine your level of readiness. It can be tempting to adopt Gen AI when it’s seen as the promise for improved speed and quality. Be sure to look (inside your organization) before you leap to ensure you’re ready to leverage the benefits, and absorb the costs, it brings.
  • Recognize that tools alone won’t help. When it comes to integrating AI into your test automation strategy, the focus should not solely be on tools. Data and technical skills are also required to be successful.
  • Pick your battles. Prioritize your pains and use cases to attack the challenges that will return the greatest value in your test automation strategy and planning.

Leverage Gen AI to Improve Your Test Automation Strategy Research & Tools

1. Leverage Gen AI to Improve Your Test Automation Strategy – A practical playbook to enable your journey in integrating AI into your test automation practices

Use this blueprint to get started with leveraging Gen AI in your Test Automation Strategy. Understand the risks, benefits, AI use cases that can improve the quality and time to delivery for your testing processes, to the delight of your project team members and stakeholders.

2. Gen AI Readiness Assessment for Test Automation Strategy – A tool used to assess your readiness for Generative AI across your test automation strategy and execution lifecycle.

The Gen AI Readiness Assessment for Test Automation Strategy supports the work of the Leverage Gen AI to Improve Your Test Automation Strategy blueprint. This assessment tool provides guidance as to your readiness to integrate Gen AI into your test automation process, with suggested paths based on the outcome of the assessment.

3. Gen AI for Test Automation Strategy Use Case Prioritization Tool – A tool used to prioritize use cases and activities for integrating Generative AI into your Test Automation Strategy and execution lifecycle.

The Gen AI prioritization tool supports the work of the Leverage Gen AI to Improve Your Test Automation Strategy blueprint. The tool enables the ranking and selection of use cases and activities to integrate Gen AI into your test automation process, based on:

  • Urgency of the improvement
  • Feasibility of success
  • Level of human involvement
  • Technical complexity

Leverage Gen AI to Improve Your Test Automation Strategy

Create an exponential return by integrating AI-enhanced practices into your quality assurance program.

Analyst Perspective

When it comes to adopting generative AI into your test automation strategy, the best approach is to integrate but not abdicate.

Vincent Mirabelli

The next evolution in test automation strategy is upon us, brought about by generative AI (Gen AI), which has increased the possibilities and capabilities within the testing realm. Gen AI supports tedious tasks, such as creating test data, generating test cases, and even identifying patterns for possible tests. It has the potential to enhance the efficiency and coverage of our automated testing efforts significantly.

Technology alone, however, is not enough to achieve the full potential of test automation. A successful strategy must be well planned, properly executed, and continually improved to achieve faster development cycles, enhanced test coverage, and improved product quality. When it comes to adopting Gen AI into your test automation strategy, the best approach is to integrate but not abdicate. Pick the spots where AI can best support your objectives, but don’t ignore the need for human validation and oversight.

While Gen AI holds immense promise in test automation, it must be integrated into a holistic strategy that incorporates best practices, human expertise, and a commitment to continuous improvement. Combining the power of automation with a thoughtful approach to strategy is the key to realizing the full potential of test automation.

Vincent Mirabelli
Principal Research Director, Applications Delivery and Management
Info-Tech Research Group

Executive Summary

Your Challenge

Common Obstacles

Info-Tech’s Approach

  • Testing is a necessary part of the solution delivery lifecycle. In traditional environments, however, it is seen as tedious and time consuming. Because it is the last step before deployment, it faces pressure to "get done" so that value can be realized.
  • IT and testing/quality assurance (QA) leaders are always looking for tactics and tools to support testing and make it easier.
  • Gen AI is seen as a way to make test automation strategy, planning, and execution less painful, so that you can focus on executing the strategy.
  • The struggle with the “test squeeze” is real! Having a test automation strategy informs how you make decisions on what level of test coverage you need or what test scripts and use cases you can omit or ignore. Yet, it is still not enough.
  • Finding the balance is difficult. Although Gen AI can help, there are so many tools and use cases that it is hard to know where to start. Added to this, you need to know how to address the elements of your test automation strategy so that it will deliver the highest value to your test/QA teams and the broader organization.
  • Determine your level of readiness. It can be tempting to adopt Gen AI when you see its promise for improved speed and quality. But be sure to look before you leap, to ensure that your organization is ready to leverage the benefits, and absorb the costs, that Gen AI brings.
  • Recognize that tools alone will not help. When integrating AI into your test automation strategy, the focus should not be solely on tools. Data and technical skills are also required to be successful.
  • Pick your battles. Prioritize your pains and use cases to attack the challenges that will return the greatest value in your test automation strategy and planning.

Insight Summary

Generative AI is a powerful tool, but tools are not enough.
Gen AI can be leveraged to enhance the productivity and capability of your test automation strategy. But alone it is worthless. Gen AI must be combined with the technical skill to manage it, as well as a mature and stable data practice, in order to be truly effective.

Integrate, but don’t abdicate everything to your AI tool.
When leveraging generative AI in your test automation strategy, integrate don’t abdicate. Pick the spots where AI can best support your objectives, but do not ignore the need for human interaction and validation.

Not everything is a fit for Gen AI – not everything is worth automating.
Sometimes, automation with Gen AI is the wrong choice. If automation will not deliver the value or return on investment (ROI) you expect, the pain of the manual test process may be the best approach.

Ensure that you have support from your business partners.
Test automation needs line-of-business buy-in. Your business partners need to be very thoughtful and deliberate with their data and practices. They cannot make changes on a whim, without severely impacting your test automation strategy and the outputs from your Gen AI tool.

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Research is accompanied by supporting deliverables to help you accomplish your goals.

Gen AI Readiness Assessment for Test Automation Strategy Tool

Take this assessment to find out how ready you are for Gen AI in your test automation strategy.

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Gen AI for Test Automation Strategy Use Case Prioritization Tool

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Once you are ready to use Gen AI, use this prioritization tool to select the best place to start.

Create an exponential return by integrating AI-enhanced practices into your quality assurance program.

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