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4 Steps for a Rapid Test Automation Assessment

In todays competitive business environment, enterprises and organizations need to

assess the best way to implement test automation for their different projects. This has
created an awareness regarding the value that automated software testing can bring.
A properly established test automation methodology brings in predictability,
repeatability, and agility, and thereby drives software development to a higher degree
of quality. Test Automation Assessment helps analyze whether or not an application
needs to be automated. Based on certain criteria, recommendations are made that help
decide whether an application really needs to be automated, and the benefits that may
thus be achieved. Test automation assessment is usually performed either for clients
with an existing test automation framework, or for clients with a need for a new test
automation framework.
However, to consistently develop best quality applications, organizations need to
continuously test the automation process. Rapid Test Automation Assessment (RTAA) is
a commonly used approach that helps organizations test the process
What is a Rapid Test Automation Assessment?
If the test automation assessment is to be completed within shorter timelines than the
normal time frames, RTAA becomes a necessity.

RTAA refers to a fast analyses and implementation of a TAF that fits in a small
environment, specifically created based on the criticality of the test cases.
4 Steps for a Rapid Test Automation Assessment
1. Understand the Existing System: This involves assessing the current state of
quality assurance and testing practices being followed. An initial understanding of
the system, their technology, processes and testing information will be taken up
as part of the assessment. An overall understanding of the system is known
through understanding of the objectives, a know how of their technology stack is
taken up, user flows will be identified, and analysis of the manual test cases if any
will be taken up.
2. Assessment: Usage of the tools and the extent of their automation readiness
approach will be determined in this step. A requirement traceability matrix
analysis is prepared that details the extent of test cases, business requirements,
and details of the functional requirements and areas of quality improvement.
Tool feasibility and confirmation along with automation ROI analysis is also taken
up as part of the assessment approach. But most importantly, the top few of the
most business-critical test cases are identified.
3. Conduct a Proof of Concept (POC) to Validate Feasibility: This phase consists of
implementing a TAF for the environment and executing only the selected critical
test cases for conducting a POC. The POC will help identify financial and
operational benefits and provide recommendations regarding the actual need for
complete automation.
4. Recommendation & Implementation: Specific test automation tools, automation
feasibility, and automation approach will be clearly defined in this phase.
Outcome of the Rapid Test Automation
The outcome of this rapid test automation recommends appropriate automation
strategies and executes them to enhance testing quality, reduce testing effort, schedule
and ensure return on investments. An extensive report of the process, tools and people
will be given. Predictions for effective project management, simple details on the
response and need for continuous involvement with business teams and the need to
absorb changes suggested by business will be defined. Implementation of tools to
effectively track defects and a well defined test strategy document covering all aspects
of testing needs will be provided.

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more than a decade of experience. Gallops team of automation testing experts
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helps you build your tests quickly and efficiently. Our tool agnostic test automation
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Contact Gallops team of test automation experts today to know more about rapid test
automation assessment as we have performed it for many of our clients.
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