The future for Test Automation

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The future for Test Automation


Sarah Saltzman

EMEA Manager for Quality

Test Management Summit


January 31
st
, 2007

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2

The software testing marketplace


Distributed Automated software Quality marketplace
grew 20% in 2005 (IDC)


Blurring of focus


Developer testing see
n as a growth
area, therefore co
-
ordination of effort will become
important (IDC)


Spend in Testing phase of SDLC increasi
ng as a
percentage of whole project (Ovum)


Automatio
n t
ools percieved as un
der
-
utilised, 20


40% usage model (Ovum)


Test
Management


the new de facto tool (was test
automation tool) (Ovum)


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3

The software testing marketplace

Page
4

The software testing marketplace


Drivers


Compliance


Business aligned IT


Process mat
urity


Complexity of technologies


Productivity i
mprovements


Off
-
shore investment



Applicatio
n Security


SOA


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5

Some approaches


Keyword / Data driven testing


R
equirements based testing


Risk based testing


Test Frameworks / harnesses using automation tool


M
odel driven testing, early stages





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6

How are test automation tools used today?


Testers with a development background


automated
tool user


Testers

with a User background (phased)


Keyword driven testing


manual testing


Automated testing


Not the entire team (why?)


Developers


rarel
y use them (why?)


Competitor to test aut
omation is manual testing or no
testing….



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7

What’s emerging?


Keyword driven testing


the next stage


Model driven testing


Visual testing


Dropping support for older technologies


Traceability


Metrics and measures

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8

What’s missing?


Support for specific frameworks / packages


at a deep
technical level?


Root cause analysis?


Eas
y migration to automation?


Easier script maintenance?


Intelligent test tools?


Integrations with other tools
or other vendors
?


Testing in development??!!


Support dis
tributed (global) deployments?


Ease of use…… (that o
ld chestnut!!)


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9

For discussion …


ROT

if you run a test more than 3 times, it is worth
automation effort…


Who should be automating tests?


What is preventing the wholesale adoption of automated
testing tools?


What featu
res would we like to see in the future?


How can we in
fluence the vendors?


How can we take automation to the development teams?