Demonstrating testing with a real purpose!

By: Testpoint Pty Ltd  15-Feb-2012
Keywords: Process Improvement, Software Testing, Test Automation

Automated Testing is an area that requires the appropriate strategy, guidance and most important of all, purpose! Organisations are constantly looking for ways to improve their process areas across the board. 

This is also true in the Software Testing discipline.  However, complexity often creeps into the mix due to a lack of purpose. In many cases, a decision is made without due diligence on the solution acquired. Consequently (sadly), high costs are associated from this and the acquired solution becomes part of the furniture.

If you have suffered this same fate then don’t give up. Most will try to explain how you must implement a keyword driven framework or data driven strategy and discuss how test script robustness is crucial AND the only way to ensure you're automated testing can be of any value followed with a tug of war to determine the selected tool to do the trick. (i.e.: QTP, Test Complete, Selenium and so on..).

TestPoint looks at it quite differently. Our case studies demonstrate high risk applications have been left un-tested prior to production release mainly as a consequence of Automated Testers, Test Analyst and Business Experts have continued to operate as separate bodies with no tractability or objective to form a single consolidated purpose. 

To keep things simple, If you’re struggling to link your manual test cases to business requirements, user stories or the applications functional components then you’re guaranteed to experience automated testing without a purpose costing your business both thousands of dollars, software failure and embarrassment. TestPoint's STP solution provides a wizard process helping you to identify user stories and break them down into application requirements.

The Test Analyst can now focus on generating test cases instantly and directly off these requirements which then forms a Test Plan rich with meaningful data such as number of requirements being tested, the required configurations which must be validated including test data required to complete your tests.

All this is then translated into a work plan and run sheet which become candidates for automated testing against priority targeted test cases aimed at reducing the time and effort required to validate high risk areas against the regressed application.  Management can now trace which test cases have been automated and tested including the pass rate of test cases against real requirements helping key decision makers inform the board on the real health status of your business.

The process comes together smoothly and sensibly thanks to our best work and management solution Stream Test Pro (STP). No matter which automated tool you deploy STP will allow it to communicate back to your central test management platform and real results against your planned cases and defined requirements will be traceable within a single interface along side any manual executed tests.

Management can witness the automated test coverage and see the status of what’s been planned for Automated and Manual Testing, demonstrating automation with a real purpose!  Speak with a consultant to learn more.

Keywords: Process Improvement, Software Testing, System Testing, Test Automation

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