How Do You Identify Automation Needs For Manual Test Teams?

Manual testers blockA manual test team conducts most of its testing directly from a written test plan or tests in an ad-hoc manner. Few if any automation solutions or scripting skills are used by the team. Organizations with manual test teams include: service providers, network equipment manufacturers, network equipment resellers, and enterprise IT departments.

The Challenge: In today’s accelerating competitive environments, manual testing teams face short test cycles, broader test coverage requirements, and increasingly complex test criteria. Due to the inherent inefficiencies of repetitive manual testing tasks, these teams are under immense schedule pressure to deliver the testing and reporting required in accelerating release cycles. If the quality of new products and services cannot be assured in a reliable and timely manner, a company’s competitive advantage and standing in the market may be jeopardized.

Customer EnvironmentThe automation objective for a manual test team is a comprehensive solution that allows adding test automation without impacting the test system infrastructure or interrupting the team’s existing work flow. As automation begins to free the team from many of the basic repetitive testing tasks, the overall efficiency of the manual testers increases quickly and the team has time to develop more comprehensive QA testing.

The Solution: In Spirent’s solution for manual test teams, Spirent iTest is used to automate manual testing with data-driven scripts. Manual testers use the capture and replay features of iTest to record the manual test steps. These steps are then added to the automated test cases. No scripting or software development skills are required.

In the next blog, we’ll look at how automation can be rapidly expanded for teams with limited automation solutions integrated in their existing testing environments. Meanwhile, we welcome your observations and comments below.

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