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Why Teams Lose Faith in their Functional Automation suite?

DEC 6th, 2010

In my opinion, there are three main reasons why a functional automation suite loses its value (or the respect that a delivery team should pay it). This leads to a variety of problems, but I will save that for a later post.

The reasons for me are -

The factors listed above can all be fixed, with investigation and investment. My experience has been that the intent to spend time and money on fixing these issues is directly proportional to how much a customer believes in them, and asks the team to be accountable for. Teams can also increase their own accountability by exposing results and analysis. If, for example, a delivery team publishes test results as part of release notes, or publishes/exposes the results in some other way to customers, this creates awareness as well as increases accountability of its work on the suite. That for me is the optimal solution.

Thanks - to Martin Fowler, Manish Kumar and Chethan V for helping me crystallize my thoughts on this.