Test Automation Day – Should we do TA?

The Test Automation Day was held yesterday in Rotterdam. I gave an interactive session on the decision to start with test automation (TA). The brief line of thought is that still many organization have little experience with TA.  unfortunately because TA is inevitable, so it is wise to start gaining experience with the phenomena. The  decision is driven by the business case and cost and pay-back period are two of the main criteria. When all things are in place and the organization is mature in its software development it is relatively easy and cheap to implement automation. How ever if this is not the case, extra activities will be required in order to make TA successful. How ever each activity has a negative impact on the costs and the pay back period and therefore influences the business case.

During the interactive session that I gave, participants did a brainstorm on what entry criteria determine the success of a TA implementation. Later they selected the top 3. Because we want organizations to start gaining experience and want to avoid in creating thresholds that are just to high, resulting in organization to wait with TA a little longer.

My slides can be found here:  TA Day – Door to open or to lock – in template TADAY – v11

Below the results of the brainstorm:

At valori we made a checklist ourselves. You can download for free and use it if you like. If you have any comments, please do feel free to contact me. It is appreciated and beneficial to us all: Checklist- Randvoorwaarden TA i.r.t BC v10

About derkjandegrood

Derk-Jan de Grood, works for Squerist as senior test consultant and agile advisor. As Trainer, Consultant and Agile Coach, he is involved with improvements and agile implementations. Derk-Jan is the author of several successful books including TestGoal, Grip on IT and the Dutch Testers association’s jubilee book on future trends in testing. In 2016 he published “Agile in the Real World”, a book on SCRUM. Derk-Jan won several awards including the prestigious European Testing Excellence Award in 2014
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2 Responses to Test Automation Day – Should we do TA?

  1. Eric says:

    I found your presentation very interesting and in line with the keynote from Scott Barber about adding value. I hope to see and hear more from you adding value to test automation for customers.


  2. Pingback: The 3 phases of Test Automation | Derk-Jan de Grood

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