Why We Did It
In our contact with organizations focused on delivering higher-quality solutions to customers, often we come across teams that struggle to build their test automation proof of concept, or worse, fail to get on the right foot with UI test automation at all. Implementing test automation is a complex, intricate process that eats up a lot of time and resources, making it difficult to analyze the factors that lead to the success or failure of a project.
We wanted to gain a better understanding of what it takes to be successful in the UI test automation field, so we can better guide our customers on a path to success with their automation projects. That’s why we decided to do this survey.
We conducted an online survey of 985 IT professionals in various job positions and with varied technical backgrounds:
What We Learned
900+ IT professionals share success and failure stories about implementing test automation for the first time
We put together all survey results in a convenient leaf-through report. Our goal was to explore the first steps teams take in the field of automated functional testing, as well as where they are today with their automation efforts and what helped them get there.
We discovered a recurring theme: software developers are a vital component of successful UI test automation projects. Involving software developers early on when preparing applications for automation helps most teams be successful. In fact, the majority are successful not only with pilot projects, but with UI test automation in the long run.
- Most successful test automation pilot projects involve developers.
- Pilot projects determine the future of automated testing within organizations. Most companies that fail will not try again.
- Professionals with coding experience were most successful at turning failed projects around.
Ultimately, the purpose of this survey is to help you all make more informed decisions when it comes to implementing test automation. We invited our friend and industry expert, Jim Holmes, VP of ALM and Testing at Falafel Software, to share his thoughts on the survey results as well as offer guidance on how to better prepare your team for test automation success.
Get your copy of the free 2014 Report on UI Test Automation Pilot Projects.
Enjoy the read!