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