The Three T's of Every Successful Transformation
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After researching the benefits of automation and calculating your return on investment (ROI), you’ve deemed a test automation strategy necessary for your continued success. Now you might be asking yourself, “What are the first steps I need to take,” or “How do I make the magic happen?”
Many teams today face the same dilemma. After understanding the needs of their team and organization and the steps that should be taken, the question of how to effectively implement the strategy pops up. There are three key factors behind every transformation, each of which needs to be addressed for you to be successful.
The initiative charter is comprised of 4 overarching areas: initiative details, business-line benefits, top-led benefits, and a timeline overview.
Building out your roadmap and initiative charters may seem like a daunting task. We recommend breaking down the steps laid out in this e-book to be digestible and include a balance of short-term wins and long-term goals.
This step-by-step guide to moving from manual to automated testing can be simplified to your exact needs. There is no reason why your journey to test automation cannot start today.
When building your roadmap, it’s important to understand that the initial hurdle to get started will seem large, but the long-term investment for many initiatives will decrease over time. After year one, you may not need to spend as much on tools and the associated training. By that point, you will be paying just a maintenance fee and your team will be automation and product experts.
By the end of your transformation process, you’ll have effectively implemented multiple QA best practices and a testing framework, so you can focus on optimizing and facilitating better cross-team collaboration.
We understand though, that getting started feels like climbing a mountain. In order to build the roadmap, you’ll need to derive how much value you plan to see from each initiative and how long they will take to accomplish individually.
To make it manageable, and easier for you to report on, we’ve included a transformation charter below for you to use. Fill out a charter for each initiative you plan to accomplish.
When it comes to talent, you want to look for automation knowledge and for the ability to pair that with product knowledge. The two build a powerful testing combination and this all starts with having an organization that has an automation-first mindset. Not necessarily 100% automation, but everyone needs to be on board to push that initiative forward will full force.
With your test approach, you want to ask yourself, “Are you quickly turning around test cases?” Are you automating regression testing? Are there other testing improvements that need to be made within your organization? If the answer is no, this will be a great place to start.
The tools you choose are critical factors in your transformation. These need to be able to measure and track your progress – whether it’s test coverage or analyzing test results. These metrics will ultimately lead to the top initiatives you’ll need to focus on for a smooth transformation.
The dynamics of every organization and team are unique, and you will need to approach your transformation in a way that makes sense for you and your team. Understanding what your top initiatives are in these three areas will help you define your trajectory, which we will help you outline.
Throughout the rest of this white paper, we’ve provided a sample 3-year roadmap for you to explore and an initiative charter for you to fill out and outline each milestone you want to accomplish. While we’ve demonstrated what a 3-year roadmap might look like below, yours could be shorter or longer. It will depend on the current state and needs of your organization and how long you think it will take for you to get to your desired future state.
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