Plan for Test tool investigation and selection process
Hi, im new in software testing (roughly more than a year) and my manager wants me to come up with some suggestions on using an automated test tool for our projects. His email goes like this:
"Can you please let me have a plan for the testing tool investigation and selection process - covering key criteria for selection tool, how the tools will be evaluated initially, an initial selection of tools to start with, and dates for completion of each stage."
I am planning to present him with a list of evaluation criteria and a list of automated test tools with its capabilities. and probably i'd be able to give a tentative sched to test each tool. Can you guys help me with this? i do really need your help...any input would be appreciated. thanks in advance
Re: Plan for Test tool investigation and selection process
The first thing I would recommend is pull together all the requirements of your applications, preferably with a group of your peers and maybe some management. Then set the priority list of all the requirements. From this list generate a Planning and Scope document. This will give you a starting place for your tool search. Make sure you get all inputs from those who will be using or are effected by the tool. Then search through forums like this, the entire web, and perhaps some trade magazines for tools which might meet your need. For every tool that looks good, send the list of prioritized requirements plus a request for pricing to the local or area sales office and wait for them to contact you. This will take a little time, though you can use e-mail to expedite it. Then from the ones that can fulfill the most requirements, select, by group, a smaller list and request demos. Either on-line or in person. Once you have dropped the list to two or three, request a proof of concept. They will bring the tool into your lab and demonstrate a live test on one of your applications. From this you will be able to make your final decision knowing that you have done about all you could do to find the right hammer for the right nail.
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