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China Summary Translation: 'The Eight Essentials When Moving to Automated Software Testing'

Published: 21 October 2016

ID: G00317384

Analyst(s): Maritess Sobejana


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



The Eight Essentials When Moving to Automated Software Testing

  • Key Challenges
  • Recommendations



  • 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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