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How to Contain Test Tool Sprawl
on Agile Teams
by Doug Platts
https://by.dialexa.com/how-to-contain-test-tool-sprawl-on-ag...
Dialexa
We are on a mission to make every
company a great technology company.
We work with organizations to define and
exe...
In the agile era, an untidy
assemblage of commercial
software suites, open
source apps, and custom-
built in-house tools h...
As those numbers reveal, "tool
sprawl" is a significant issue,
and odds are your organization
isn't immune. "It’s getting ...
What's behind this troubling
trend? We talked to the experts
to explain how we got tangled
up in tool sprawl and what we
c...
THE TEMPTATION OF MORE TOOLS
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HERE
In one sense, tool accumulation is a
fact of agile development life. Teams
use multiple tools out of necessity,
requiring ...
"Every day dozens of new
applications make their way to
the market and engineers are
tempted to try them
all," said Dmytro...
"Eventually, you end up
with a massive pile-up of
apps, half of which were
only used once and now
rest in peace—holding up...
Just as often, it's fealty to a technology rather
than fickleness that drives the accumulation
of tools, said Nilesh Patel...
"People feel more comfortable and effective
when they use tools they have experience
with," he said. "They will request to...
Mergers and acquisitions
also contribute to the
problem. Emo cites a
common scenario where
disruption drives a company
to ...
"Business teams have to respond," Emo said. "'I've got to get a mobile
app because my competitor has a mobile app out, and...
To read more you can find the full article at
https://by.dialexa.com/how-to-contain-test-
tool-sprawl-on-agile-teams
MORE TOOLS, MORE PROBLEMS
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HERE
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HERE
Using a menagerie of tools can introduce
a host of problems into a testing
environment, from functional overlap to
integra...
Using more tools means
you have to learn how
to use each of them. To
compound this issue, it
creates a level of "tribal
kn...
"Sprawl incurs a large technical
debt around test orchestration.”
- Rob Szumsk
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HE...
If those knowledge-
holders leave, it creates a
huge issue when it
comes to bringing a
replacement up to speed.
Yes, there...
Dialexa vice
president and
former QA lead
Luke Gordon
warned of the
ultimate impact this
can have on the
organization as a...
That's because you have to deal with
licenses, educate team members on how
to use each tool, define processes around
them,...
"What happens over time is
the financial aspect comes
into play and the CFO says,
'Why are we spending all this
money on t...
And the questions
arise: "'Why aren't we
using tools that can
integrate together and
give me a common
view and
governance?...
Does your software platform strategy
support your business demands?
Download or free eBook:
Platform Thinking: Creating Re...
TAMING THE TOOL BOX
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HERE
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HERE
If you’re tackling tool sprawl, resist taking an
authoritarian approach, Emo said. "You’re not
going to be successful as a...
Rather, she suggested, QA leaders should start with a
more holistic approach.
Get the full write up of
this slideshare HER...
First develop a culture of
quality, which is easier said
than done, she said. "It's
engaging in a collaborative
way with t...
The experts agree that on a tactical level QA
leaders need to start by getting a handle on
exactly what tools are being us...
This should be a
collaborative undertaking,
said Gordon. "This needs
to be a team focus rather
than just a specific group....
A sense of accountability on its
own can go a long way toward
curbing tool sprawl. Making sure
that all tools are owned an...
"When teams have to trade between
working on features and doing tool
maintenance, the urge to introduce new
tools that are...
Controlling tool sprawl can be challenging, but the
benefits - reduced costs, improved efficiency, and an
increase in the ...
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Thank You
Doug Platts
VP of Marketing
marketing@dialexa.com
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In the agile era, an untidy assemblage of commercial software suites, open source apps, and custom-built in-house tools has become the norm for most organizations. A recent survey by DevOps.com and Automic found 69 percent of respondents said their tool chain is steadily growing, and 82 percent said many of those are outside of the officially supported tool stack.

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  1. 1. How to Contain Test Tool Sprawl on Agile Teams by Doug Platts https://by.dialexa.com/how-to-contain-test-tool-sprawl-on-agile-teams
  2. 2. Dialexa We are on a mission to make every company a great technology company. We work with organizations to define and execute digital transformation strategies to improve business operations and customer experiences. Our services include: • Multi-Year Technology Roadmap • Platform Engineering • User Experience Design • Custom Software Development • Hardware Prototyping /IoT
  3. 3. In the agile era, an untidy assemblage of commercial software suites, open source apps, and custom- built in-house tools has become the norm for most organizations. A recent survey by DevOps.com and Automic found 69 percent of respondents said their tool chain is steadily growing, and 82 percent said many of those are outside of the officially supported tool stack. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  4. 4. As those numbers reveal, "tool sprawl" is a significant issue, and odds are your organization isn't immune. "It’s getting pretty widespread," said Kelly Emo, director of application testing solutions, product and technical marketing at Micro Focus. "Just about any large organization that has faced a significant digital disruption in the last few years is going to run into it." Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  5. 5. What's behind this troubling trend? We talked to the experts to explain how we got tangled up in tool sprawl and what we can do to rein it in. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  6. 6. THE TEMPTATION OF MORE TOOLS Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  7. 7. In one sense, tool accumulation is a fact of agile development life. Teams use multiple tools out of necessity, requiring specialized solutions for their particular domain. It's common for even small companies to have five to 10 different tools in use, while more than half of large enterprises use a whopping 20 or more, according to the Automic survey. And with new options becoming available all the time, teams find it easy to add to the toolchain as a project progresses. Many of these tools are used to solve a particular problem once and are never used again. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  8. 8. "Every day dozens of new applications make their way to the market and engineers are tempted to try them all," said Dmytro Sychevsky, a DevOps team lead at PDFfiller. "Each of them aims at a specific problem: You use Pinba when searching for bottlenecks, New Relic to check out how your app works in the user's browser, Kibana plus ELK Stack to analyze the issues in your product, or Zabbix for system monitoring." Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  9. 9. "Eventually, you end up with a massive pile-up of apps, half of which were only used once and now rest in peace—holding up precious storage capacity.”
 —Dmytro Sychevsky Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  10. 10. Just as often, it's fealty to a technology rather than fickleness that drives the accumulation of tools, said Nilesh Patel, manager of testing services at KMS Technology. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  11. 11. "People feel more comfortable and effective when they use tools they have experience with," he said. "They will request to work with those tools just because they're comfortable and don't want to learn a new tool." When this happens you end up with multiple tools used by multiple people in the department to do the same things. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  12. 12. Mergers and acquisitions also contribute to the problem. Emo cites a common scenario where disruption drives a company to take on new developers and technologies, inheriting new tools along with them. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  13. 13. "Business teams have to respond," Emo said. "'I've got to get a mobile app because my competitor has a mobile app out, and if I don't have a better one, my customers are going to go to my competitor.' And so they're going to boutique development firms, they're hiring out of college, they're acquiring small Silicon Valley ISVs or ISVs out of Eastern Europe—and the tools come along for the ride." Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  14. 14. To read more you can find the full article at https://by.dialexa.com/how-to-contain-test- tool-sprawl-on-agile-teams
  15. 15. MORE TOOLS, MORE PROBLEMS Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  16. 16. Using a menagerie of tools can introduce a host of problems into a testing environment, from functional overlap to integration difficulties to reporting inefficiencies to hidden-costs associated with tools that get abandoned after limited use—to name just a few. And there's the simple fact that the more tools you have, the more complex it is to manage them. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  17. 17. Using more tools means you have to learn how to use each of them. To compound this issue, it creates a level of "tribal knowledge" as expertise accumulates in just a few people across various teams, said Rob Szumski, product manager at CoreOS. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  18. 18. "Sprawl incurs a large technical debt around test orchestration.” - Rob Szumsk Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  19. 19. If those knowledge- holders leave, it creates a huge issue when it comes to bringing a replacement up to speed. Yes, there will be artifacts and scripts left behind, but the guiding principles for why are easily lost. "These skills and knowledge aren't always transferrable between teams, as they may touch on different levels of your application's stack,” he added Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  20. 20. Dialexa vice president and former QA lead Luke Gordon warned of the ultimate impact this can have on the organization as a whole. "Tool sprawl is a nightmare for management.” — Luke Gordon Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  21. 21. That's because you have to deal with licenses, educate team members on how to use each tool, define processes around them, and so on, he said. Each tool a company introduces to its repertoire decreases the net business value a company can create and places the focus on the approach rather than the problems the company is trying to solve. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  22. 22. "What happens over time is the financial aspect comes into play and the CFO says, 'Why are we spending all this money on these disparate tools?'" she added. Maybe they have a situation where a line of business developed part of an application that they now want to integrate with a different application to expand their business value and they can't get them to integrate. Or they run into a quality issue because they don't have end- to-end visibility. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  23. 23. And the questions arise: "'Why aren't we using tools that can integrate together and give me a common view and governance?' It gets really expensive with tool sprawl.” Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  24. 24. Does your software platform strategy support your business demands? Download or free eBook: Platform Thinking: Creating Real-World, Scalable Platforms
  25. 25. TAMING THE TOOL BOX Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  26. 26. If you’re tackling tool sprawl, resist taking an authoritarian approach, Emo said. "You’re not going to be successful as a QA leader going into a business unit saying, 'I am dictating that you have to use one of these three tools and we need to rip out your installation of Atlassian and Selenium.'"
 — Kelly Emo Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  27. 27. Rather, she suggested, QA leaders should start with a more holistic approach. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  28. 28. First develop a culture of quality, which is easier said than done, she said. "It's engaging in a collaborative way with the business leaders to enable them to see the benefit of a more disciplined approach to quality. It's getting them thinking, 'How do we engineer for quality in our processes' rather than 'We'll just do lean agile, we'll push things out fast, and if we run into a problem we can roll it back.'" Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  29. 29. The experts agree that on a tactical level QA leaders need to start by getting a handle on exactly what tools are being used across the organization and evaluating them in terms of cost, compatibility, ROI, and how much they're used. Prioritize the top tools, retire the obsolete and little-used ones, and look for ways to automate and standardize processes. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  30. 30. This should be a collaborative undertaking, said Gordon. "This needs to be a team focus rather than just a specific group. By making this a collective effort, teams introduce a sense of accountability and ownership in the direction they move forward." — Luke Gordon Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  31. 31. A sense of accountability on its own can go a long way toward curbing tool sprawl. Making sure that all tools are owned and maintained by the developer teams that introduced them is a good start, said Truss co-founder and CTO Mark Ferlatte. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  32. 32. "When teams have to trade between working on features and doing tool maintenance, the urge to introduce new tools that are, at best, marginally better than existing ones tends to fade.” - Mark Ferlatte Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  33. 33. Controlling tool sprawl can be challenging, but the benefits - reduced costs, improved efficiency, and an increase in the value departments deliver - are well worth the trouble. Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE Get the full write up of this slideshare HERE
  34. 34. PROPERTY OF DIALEXA LLC ©2017 - CONFIDENTIAL & PROPRIETARY Thank You Doug Platts VP of Marketing marketing@dialexa.com If you are looking to undertake a digital transformation initiative, contact Dialexa today and see how we can help make your company a great technology company. Get the full write up of this slideshare at How to Contain Test Tool Sprawl on Agile Teams

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