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The Eight Essentials When Moving to Automated Software Testing

Published: 17 May 2016

ID: G00302921

Analyst(s): Maritess Sobejana, Joachim Herschmann

Summary

When done skillfully, test automation can deliver strong benefits to support organizations in delivering high-quality software at a faster pace. When done badly, it creates more problems than it solves. Application development leaders should use this research to guide test automation initiatives.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges

Introduction

Analysis

  • Start Your Test Automation Initiatives With a Clear Set of Goals
  • Automation Requires Significant Investment That May Not Pay Off Immediately
  • Not Everything Can or Should Be Automated
  • Test Automation Does Not Eliminate the Need for Manual Testing
  • Test Automation Is More Than Just Functional Testing at the GUI Level
  • Test Automation Requires a Good Test Design and Regular Maintenance
  • Choose Tools That Match Your Team's Skills, Practices and Application Targets
  • Ensure Stability of Your Codebase Before Automation

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