Eight Critical Questions to be Asked before the Automation
Automation could be an expensive and time-consuming process, especially if you are not up to it. For a tester, who is not ready to automate, it can lead several other difficulties. But, how will you know that if you are ready to automate?
There are a few questions that you must ask yourself before automating. These questions would help you know if you are ready to automate or not.
What are you going to automate?
It’s not easy to encompass test automation. Generally, automation can be applied to only certain parts of the application. Have you analyzed your application and decided what to automate? It’s better to prioritize the things and take some timeframe to decide.
Have you discovered a tool?
There are a number of automation tools to choose from, without which you won’t be able to automate. There are various factors on which the selection of an appropriate tool depends. It includes compatibility, cost, skill set, and more.
On what factors do a successful automation depends?
In addition to the QA team, automation involves other members of the software development team as well. Will you seek help from developers in setting up the automation? How automation and use of a certain tool would be affected if the infrastructure and interface changes? Understanding these dependencies is very important before the automation.
Do you have a realistic budget?
Setting up automation incorporates training, tool purchase, and more. This involves a huge cost. In order to analyze the budget, you must consider the maintenance cost for both test plans and automation tools.
Is your plan scalable?
It’s better to start with small work while automating. You need not have to automate everything. Automating right from the beginning might result in stress, sloppy plans, and wastage of time. In order to effectively automate, you must select one set of features initially. You can then add more with the increase in skill level.
Have automation standards been created?
Standardization helps in reducing the maintenance time and the time required for the new testers to speed up. Different automation scripts are expensive, time-consuming, and difficult to maintain and train new people.
Do you have a documentation plan?
The standards that have been decided must be written and made available to everyone. This helps in avoiding confusions and other difficulties.
Are you prepared for the task?
Test automation requires a high level of efforts, especially for the ones who are venturing it for the first time. It’s a general assumption that automation eases the work; however, it can be just the vice-versa. The key to successful automation lies in building a good automation plan and understanding the upcoming difficulties.