One of the prevalent assets of a QA team throughout the SDLC is choosing the right test automation tool. With the rise of DevOps culture, Agile methodology, continuous delivery and release management, it is becoming increasingly critical as well as challenging to recognize the right testing tool. This post will highlight some factors that can be beneficial in choosing the tool that meets your requirements.
Choosing the right testing tool is quite critical, and failure in this process might lead to:
• Increase in the quality cost.
• Poor automation.
• Reduction in automation coverage.
• Poor ROI.
• Bad business case.
• The decrease in automation coverage.
• Extraordinarily high efforts in test automation development and maintenance.
Factors That Must Be Considered While Selecting Your Tools
• Plan feasible, measurable goals for Test Automation
Involving all the stakeholders is a must. It creates a sense of commitment, and other departments can add their goals. For example, businesses decrease the time to market while you select a tool for automated regression testing.
• Recognize your stakeholders
Implementing a test tool in the organization will influence the testing team, as well as the IT and maintenance departments. We also need to identify the stakeholders that are involved and the role they will play in the process.
• Setting up of a cross-functional team
The major thing that should be next done is to establish a cross-functional team for the evaluation and selection of the right tool. This helps you to understand the opinions and needs of all the other teams that deal with Test Automation and the contributions they can provide to the process.
• Crafting a business case for Test Automation
Setting up of a business case helps in being sure that the project has ample support in the organization, and can be brought to life. This is appropriate for Automation tools that have high license costs.
• Tool license cost
The cost of the license testing tool is the prime factor that results in the decision you make. The overall cost of the tool has to be in sync with the overall budget of the project and the ROI it is expected to produce. The overall cost of the tool depends on the type of license chosen. Usually paid tools offer two kinds of licenses, a concurrent license or a seat license. The license selection is often based on the employees that are going to use the tool.
Languages Usually Supported by Test Automation Tools
• Languages that are widely used are C#, Java, and Python; they have a high number third party libraries available. Which means that you don't have to reinvent the wheel everytime a little snafu occurs.
• It is easier to get skilled employees for commonly used languages instead of learning the built-in automation tool’s language.
• Automation framework development and maintenance is significantly more robust and convenient in popular languages.
In conclusion, whenever you start choosing a tool, you should make sure to create awareness within your organization. This should be a combined effort and a shared responsibility between you and the rest of your team.