LESSONS LEARNED IN TESTAUTOMATION OF ERP APPLICATIONKishore ChavaliPresented at QAI Conference Bangalore (1999)
INITIAL PROJECT Automation project completed with extensive use of record and playback Heavy initial investment to develop lot of scripts
LESSONS LEARNED Record and Playback approach is not effective when application is data dependent Test Automation is development It is not possible to achieve automated testing in all types of testing Error Recovery routine is very important for automated test suite to be successful. Test Automation will have bugs.
REVISED PROJECT Recruited test developers Developed Test Scripting Standards Reuse of Test Scripts designed and developed Developed an efficient Error Recovery routine. Trained test developers Developed more data driven tests Invested automation efforts in areas that are most critical
PAY ATTENTION Immature testing Processes and methods Technical Limitations of tools Return on Investment of Test Automation
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