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    Proof of Concept

    Hi

    I need some standard templates (or maybe a reference to them) for designing Proof of Concept for automation testing!

    Was wondering if we have any industry standard templates or guidelines?
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    Re: Proof of Concept

    Nope, no real standard templates. Everyone pretty much makes up their own.

    You have to figure out what is important to you in the tool and what you are trying to accomplish with it. That will give you a list of things to evaluate.

    Good luck.
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    Re: Proof of Concept

    Thanks Jim!

    From your reply, it appears that I might have been misunderstood!

    I am not evaluating a tool. We already have a tool and a project! We would like to tell the client that automating this project using a particular tool would be a "good idea"

    Now what all should I mention in this report/proposal to describe that this would be a "good idea"

    Would I call this report/proposal as a "Proof of Concept"? am I getting the concept/term wrong?
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    Re: Proof of Concept

    I suppose you could call it anything you want to. Just don't confuse the client. You could call it: "Benefits of Automated Testing" and list all of the pluses for automated testing, or "Automated Testing Scope Document" and describe what you can and can't test with automation, or even; "Why your testing will cost more than with other providers" and explain that automation requires skilled developers and not just the normal manual testers.
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    Re: Proof of Concept

    I agree with Rich on this.

    To me a POC or proof of concept is when I automate selective manual test cases with the automated tool, showing the client. Sometimes these can last a few hours to a week depending on their needs.

    When you say you already have a tool and a project, and you want to propose automating this project? Are you proposing using the same tool you already have purchased?

    If so and you want to show the benefits I would scope out the project as I would any other project prior to starting it.

    I would get all the requirements, use cases, and any other documents you have, and determine the time frame, what can be tested (automated), what can not be tested.

    Remember though that there are two possibilities here. You can write on the behalf of the tester WANTING To automate, or you can be realistic. What if your findings don't support automation?

    So make sure the ROI is there for the company before you hand in an Automated Test plan or proposal. If the ROI is not there and you can't back up the benefits, then you've probably wasted your time and theirs, so just do your homework!

    Good luck!

 

 

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