Over more than a decade, software quality has evolved as driving engine for software development. It has played significant role in development and timely delivery of quality software to the market. During this period, managing complex quality system has turned out to be more challenging.
Managing software quality and its process is influenced by a key factor – test tools. Test tools like UI Automation, Performance, SOA test, and ALM, help in producing high quality software through efficient process.
The rapid evolution of technology has given birth to a wide range of test tools. In this scenario, the process of selecting the apt test tool has become quite a big challenge. Finding the right tool plays a pivotal role in successful delivery of any project. A methodical and a well-structured approach in tool selection would give a better Return on Investment and long term perspective in the market.
Not having the tool selection process in place would jeopardize the project. The investment in expensive licenses, training, and development effort will go down the drain.
In the field of independent verification and validation services, Testree has accumulated immense expertise in the field of software quality (testing). The deep domain knowledge, along with testing services, Testree also plays advisory role for various clients across the globe for tool selection process. Testree has identified the following key factors as critical in test tool selection process.
For demonstration purpose, as an example, selection of a test automation tool is considered.
It is always a good idea to “start with the end in mind”. , , Always have a clear scope in mind Scope like test coverage, types of test (like UI functional and unit tests), delivery timelines, applications under test, cross-browser tests and list goes on as per needs.
- Tools & Pricing
At present, there are various test automation tools available in the market, right from open source to commercial. Both offer various benefits (more or less) like support for various applications, platforms, and operating systems.
In comparison, commercial tools save development time, (not to mention good technical support). Whereas open source tools would be cost effective but may demand significant development cost and expertise in programming.
In both cases technical competence of the testers plays a crucial role. Open source would demand a highly skilled expertise from all the team members; whereas commercial would work with semi-skilled members but with at least one high skilled member. Lastly and obviously budget would matter as deal maker or breaker.
- Gaining confidence in a test tool
With handful of test scenarios covering all possible UI elements having proof of concept specifically tailor made to the requirement would help in gaining the insight and confidence. On the other hand, this preparation will help in understanding the requirement thoroughly and strategize testing activity.
Moreover demonstration of the proof of concept would give a good chance in gaining the confidence of all stake holders involved.
Testree Thoughts: This article will give an idea to the reader the importance of a proper plan in place when it comes to test tool selection and implementation of the same.
As one can see from this dissertation, selection of right test tool would do great deal in making a project successful with good return on investment.
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Written and crafted by: Kiran H H (Testree at Nous Infosystems).
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