An Insight into the Different Users of Lean Functional Testing Tool – LeanFT

An Insight into the Different Users of Lean Functional Testing Tool - LeanFT

A successful implementation of Agile and DevOps-based software methodologies in any organization requires a shift-left approach in the testing process. Functional test automation tools help provide a strong ground for implementing this approach properly.

However, working with prominent functional test automation tools such as UFT and the latest from HP – a lightweight Lean Functional testing tool – LeanFT – requires a very specific skillset and mindset. Writing code for testing waterfall-based products requires a very different approach as compared to writing testing code for solutions like LeanFT that have been specifically built for continuous testing and continuous integration as they induce a continuous development process for easy integration with Agile and DevOps teams.

The knowledge and expertise required to build robust, scalable, and stable tests with agile collaboration in the development and QA ecosystems using LeaanFT is a different set of capabilities than that required for ecosystems not being built for Agile systems.

Let us try to understand some of the types of users and developers of LeanFT in detail.

  1. DevTesters: The new generation of users of LeanFT are named as DevTesters and can be classified as technical users. A Devtester is capable of developing the code, as well as perform testing too. They work only in the languages and IDE that the developers use. These users have knowledge of UFT and can leverage it along with their Selenium expertise to work easily with LeanFT. Moreover, tests in LeanFT are authored using C# (Visual Studio) and Java (Eclipse) and the interactions with AUT are scripted using the LeanFT libraries and thus Devtesters easily adapt to LeanFT environment. These users are the target audience for LeanFT.
  1. Agile Automation Engineers: This group can be classified as more technical users than the regular test automation engineers and usually have good exposure to agile testing methodologies. With their agile testing expertise, they can easily handle and work with LeanFT.
  2. Test Automation Engineers: These users are technical users and already have good exposure building frameworks and are comfortable with creating test automation with the UFT. They have exposure to other languages and can easily work with LeanFT as it typically adopts UFT’s test objects and descriptions along with the Object identification mechanisms. Prior knowledge of existing concepts, mechanisms and tools of UFT proves highly useful for them to work easily with LeanFT to build stable and robust test scripts.
  3. Subject Matter Experts: These can be categorized under non-technical users without the knowledge of core programming activities. They mostly use tools like business process testing and script less keyword driven approaches to drive the concepts of test automation. They will not have a need to use LeanFT but work more with BPT approach directed towards test automation.
  4. Business Analysts/Testers: These users are non-technical and play an important role in defining STP, test flows and focus more on needed coverage. They are unable to code complex automated tests and thus have been placed under non-technical users.

After knowing about all these LeanFT users, let us know something about how to migrate your existing UFT scripts to LeanFT which is simple, easy and effortless with Gallop’s QuickLean. LeanFT coupled with UFT can be the perfect choice for web application testing. Gallop can help you do a comprehensive Web Application Testing for your applications with a totally tool agnostic approach.

QuickLean is an innovative migration accelerator that helps migrate your UFT scripts to LeanFT and there are many advantages due to usage of the automated migration solution. Some of these merits are: the migration takes place at an effective mode, facilitates easy creation of test assets that are easy to maintain and can be used at a later point. Moreover, minimal knowledge transition and management oversight is required with these migration accelerators, thus reducing overhead costs and helping business remain as usual during migration.

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Overcoming Top Challenges during UFT to LeanFT Migration

Overcoming Top Challenges during UFT to LeanFT Migration

Earlier, in the Waterfall, Spiral and other traditional models of software development, the Software Testing was performed at the end of the Software development life cycle (SDLC) due to which defects or bugs were identified at the end of the SDLC that needed additional timelines for fixation and finally ended up with disparity in agreed timelines for quality product delivery. Today’s enterprises demand agility and quickness towards release of quality products that is possible only through effective automation testing using best test automation tools. The agile methodology follows the sprint concept; few features are developed and tested in parallel which demands Shift-Left approach; the practice of integration and testing at every phase of the software development life cycle. Thus, the Software testing life cycle (STLC) has taken a Shift left practice with the test automation being performed in parallel with development.

Moreover, even the new emerging technologies like Cloud, Big Data demand agility and speed to deliver on-time quality products thus assuring continuous testing and continuous delivery through effective automation tools like Unified Functional Testing (UFT) and many others. Test automation varies with the nature of business and though UFT has been an industry standard solution for automation for quite some time, with the on-going technology innovations, recently HP has unveiled LeanFT during the recently concluded HP Discover June 2015. LeanFT has many added features & is more advanced than UFT and it empowers a common IDE for developers and testers. However, in the migration of these UFT scripts to LeanFT, there are some major challenges that have been detailed below.

Common challenges during UFT to LeanFT migration:

  1. People Acceptance to the new Change: The introduction of new functional LeanFT tool needs the acceptance from the enterprises and organizations to adopt the new technology.
  2. Skill Set Needed; Knowledge of C# and Java: The major challenge that occurs with UFT migration to LeanFT is that the testers should have the knowledge of C# or Java as LeanFT has language support for C# and Java and UFT scripts exist in VBScript. With no more of VBScript involved, it might be a steep learning curve for testers but Java and C# are supposed to be better alternatives and would lead to more collaboration between developer and testers.
  3. Resource Availability: There should be availability of ample resources having functional knowledge of the above technologies to perform and successfully migrate UFT Scripts to LeanFT.
  4. Time Involved in Script Development: The time involved in the development of UFT scripts to LeanFT involves considerably lot of effort from the testers as detailed below:

If there exist 10,000 lines of UFT scripts – if suppose each script takes 2 hrs effort to develop the new script by a tester & if a tester does 20 scripts per day on a normal average (8 hrs) then, in order to convert 10,000 scripts it takes substantially longer time running into numerous man hours that increases both cost and time. Further, the cost factor involved for already existing test suite in UFT which runs into thousands of code lines, that is already under execution and maintenance also relatively involves lot of cost & effort of testers to get it migrated to LeanFT.

  1. Effort Involved in Manual Migration of UFT Scripts to LeanFT: In order to manually migrate UFT scripts, it involves a lot of effort as the tester needs to author a new script that takes more effort to develop the entire script from the scratch.
  2. Timelines: Along with the cost factor mentioned earlier, the timelines defined for a particular migration also gets affected. The other major challenge is though UFT is highly suitable for automation, and supports a vast range of technology services, but the effort extended for migration takes relatively longer time for script conversion while LeanFT is highly suitable for Agile, DevOps and is effective for continuous integration and continuous testing, as most enterprise applications today opt for the Agile methodology.

In view of the above facts let’s take a look up at the new Migration solution that overcomes all the above and provides a useful migration from UFT to LeanFT without any hindrances and ensures a cakewalk migration.

What is the latest tool that helps for easy migration from HP UFT to LeanFT?

QuickLean by Gallop Solutions is the World’s First Automated HP UFT to LeanFT migration tool. QuickLean team worked in close proximity with the HP R&D team to come up with World’s first automated tool for UFT to LeanFT Migration.

What does QuickLean perform?

QuickLean converts your HP UFT scripts to be readily used with HP’s latest and advanced functional test automation solution – LeanFT. QuickLean makes your Agile Test Automation journey easy and fast with HP LeanFT. Hassle free migration from UFT to LeanFT is easy and simple with Gallop’s QuickLean migration solution. It helps save time, cost and eases the entire process of UFT to LeanFT migration saving time by nearly 80%.

With a number of migration tools existing in the market, choose Gallop’s QuickLean tool to migrate your HP UFT scripts to LeanFT. It marks a typically sensible investment that any business should consider when taking the plunge and switching from Unified Functional Testing to Lean Functional Testing. The few challenges of manual switching can be far more destructive than you expect, so a readymade solution that automates the entire process is the best thing you can adopt for easy and painless migration. Contact Gallops’ team today to know more about QuickLean.

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