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This is the second in a series of posts on Test Management. If you haven’t had chance to read the first part, you can do so here.
So now you understand the importance of Test Management and the consequences of getting it wrong; but knowing what you should do is only half the story, what about the person who is the Test Manager? What are their qualities to execute good Test Management? This post will highlight the five key attributes of a Test Manager and give a flavour of what your organisation needs to look for when looking to employ personnel within the test management function.
So I get to see lots of different organisations all trying to implement Scrum to varying levels, several themes come out:
- “Automated testing is easy using our tool!”
- “You just record your scripts and away you go! No coding is necessary."
- “Using this tool to automate your tests will reduce your costs and head count."
How many times have we sat across the table from tool vendors telling us this?! The truth is, automated regression testing is not easy, it takes the right strategy and planning to give you a fighting chance of getting it right. In our experience of working with clients who have tried to automate their testing, there are a number of common factors that caused them to fail to meet their intended objectives or give them any cost savings.