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Test Automation Strategy: A Checklist

It is never too late to develop a test automation strategy. We created a checklist containing the steps to consider when automating test cases.

Test automation is a cornerstone in DevOps and, when implemented correctly, it helps increase output quality while containing costs. Not surprisingly, IT departments everywhere are realizing the importance of having an actual test automation strategy, instead of just putting out fires here and there.

Once the decision has been made to roll out test automation, the next issue presents itself: “How are we actually going to do this? What’s the plan?”

Whether it is regression testing, functional testing or unit testing, having an overview of your test suite before you get started with a testing tool will help your team considerably.

Remember, as with anything in IT, there are two ways of doing this. You can either ‘save’ a few days of planning and, instead, spend weeks testing or programming later. Or you can allow yourself to spend a little time developing a test automation strategy that will help you save valuable time during sprints - while improving your QA efforts long term.

Automation strategy: what now?

That might be the first question to ask yourself when you and your team finally decide to ditch manual testing and start automating test cases. Or maybe you have been automating for quite some time and already have automated test scripts in place, but have lost track of the processes. It is never too late to create a test automation strategy to get test cases under control.

Automating test cases is an essential part of QA. It speeds up processes in software testing while also limiting errors from the development team. With continuous testing and continuous integration in focus, there is a need for an agile and a better process. Perhaps you are looking into shifting from a waterfall approach to an agile test automation pyramid? Either way, the first step is the decision to start automating.

Another advantage of automating test cases is the reduction of repetitive work. Often people spend hours doing similar tasks over and over, which is very time consuming and makes a working day dull. This is often where human errors occur in software development, but by automating you can limit them.  

At LEAPWORK we help clients throughout the adoption phase, to secure that they get the most out of the product. Therefore, we know the challenges they face during different stages when starting to automate test cases. There are several factors to consider in order to successfully implement test automation and we have the answers.

Get ahead of automation with an in-depth checklist:

We have created a checklist of factors to focus on when you want to start automating or want to optimize the current automation process. It is a step by step test automation strategy. We experience that the time spent planning is a great investment for most teams.

The checklist will walk you through the following steps:

  • Scope
  • Approach
  • Risk analysis
  • Environment
  • Execution
  • Release
  • Failure analysis

Some of the items you might already be able to check off, while others will require some work - perhaps even help from external consultants. The strategy can be defined in broad terms as well as on narrow projects.

Once you are done with your testing strategy, check our factsheet on how to analyze testing results.

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Read the LEAPWORK guide to reducing risk, lowering costs, and driving value with test automation.

Kasper Fehrend
Kasper Fehrend
Senior Product Evangelist at LEAPWORK.

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