Ever wonder why so many people think doing the same thing – over and over – will eventually give them a different (successful) outcome? What about companies? I’ve found in my years of work in PLM and test automation that most companies fall into two basic groups:
1) Those who want to simply repave the cow path
2) Those who truly want to facilitate meaningful change and process improvement
What do I mean by that? Test automation has been around for years – and the premise is simple. Doing something “automated” is faster and more efficient than doing it manually. So – many companies want to blindly automate what they have always done manually – or rewrite that automation in a better, smarter tool. And they wonder why they don’t get the change and vast improvement they were striving for.
Other companies take a vastly different approach. They understand the value of automation – but decide to use this change to examine what they are doing and why. Rather than automate hundreds of unit / string or “one-path” processes, they chose to build a series of complete end-to-end processes – leveraging the flexibility and time savings automation offers to bring their organization to an entirely different level. Their goal is true “lights-out” testing for their entire enterprise. Achieving effectiveness in addition to improving efficiency.
Paving the cow path – it might make simple chores easier – or simple testing faster – but it will never bring the results most companies strive for.
It’s not just the tool you chose – it’s how you use it – that counts.