Tricks involved in Selection and Implementation of Test Automation Tools
Smart testing managers use comprehensive selection criteria wherein a small-scale pilot study remains helpful in reinforcing the decision & understanding the value of a particular tool in a better manner.
Successful tool selection is no guarantee of its successful implementation within the organization. Majority of the organizations buy the testing tools that become mere show pieces or in other words “shelfware”, simply because the organizations could not derive intended benefits out of their investments due to one reason or the other.
The cost of buying a software testing tool remains quite small compared to the cost of the internal efforts required for its implementation. Testing managers spend sizable amount of their time & energy in promoting the tool internally, organizing training & support, and creating suitable infrastructure to support the test automation regime.
Tool Implementation & Iceberg Analogy:
Tool implementation process is analogous to an iceberg. Like an iceberg, nine-tenth of efforts on software testing tool remains below the surface.
Purchasing a test execution tool is the easiest job, wherein we are shown the tip of the iceberg that is the rosy picture of the test automation. Majorities of the organizations fail in test automation due to the poor visibility of the iceberg below the surface.
The tool implementation comprises of following 3 key elements:
1) Infrastructure or an automated testing regime;
2) Internal promotion activity usually performed by the “tool champion”;
3) Continuous support from the implementation team & the management;