10 Best Practices to Achieve Quality@Speed with Continuous Integration

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On 27th September 2016, Salesforce.com Inc. introduced a new e-commerce service, further to its $2.8 billion acquisition of Demandware Inc. The Salesforce Commerce Cloud is here to enable customers to set-up online storefronts, in-store tablets/kiosks, and further add commerce functions with software support delivered over the internet. According to research by Gartner, Salesforce faces stiff competition from Oracle Corp., SAP SE, and International Business Machines Corp., who are the biggies in this category.

Whether B2B or B2C, every business/enterprise needs pace for faster turnaround time and gain speed to market. Consequently, innovations and testing the effectiveness of these innovative features has to be done in real time. It doesn’t end there! Every consumer/enterprise application launched has to be tested for its performance and functional efficiency across diverse technology platforms, devices, and Operating Systems (OS).

Can Continuous Integration help?

So, how do you test the inevitable and test the most unforeseen BUG? Continuous Testing is a development practice, where developers need to relentlessly integrate the code into a shared repository during a day’s test plan. In order to allow development teams to detect problems way ahead, an automated build is created to verify each test incorporated.

Continuous Integration can help detect errors faster and resolve way ahead in the development process. If the continuous approach is not followed, it will take stretched periods between integrations, which makes fixing up these gaps a longer and an exceedingly stressful task. It will further reduce constant back-pedalling to identify issues and focus more on building various features.

Some obvious benefits that Continuous Integration brings to the table are:

  • A big ‘No’ to longer and stressful integrations
  • Enhanced visibility of the development process for better interaction and resolution
  • Identification of issues faster and resolution in real time
  • Low on Debugging, High on building
  • No wait and watch strategy to evaluate your code’s proper functioning
  • Deliver software on time with market-readiness

Continuous Integration comes with various key principles and best practices. The most important practice is, establishing the ritual of Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment. This eliminates the need to authorize and delegate from the top. It is automated and self-triggered.

So, while we gauge the benefits, let’s consider the best practices that Continuous Integration brings for enterprises that don’t just look at speed, but rather quality@speed.

  1. Continuous Integration enables Continuous Deployment

Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment are connected concepts and fundamentally refer to the software/application’s release in the Live environment with automated tests. With Continuous Integration and Continuous Deployment you are not just reducing risks, but catching bugs in time and getting your software/application ready for the market.

Ultimately, when the risks get lowered, it helps prompt adaption to business requirements and the consumer demands. It further enables greater collaboration between Operations and delivery, maturing the release process for competitive advantage.

  1. Continuous Integration with the right approach

Continuous Integration is generally implemented with Agile, Test-Driven-Development (TDD) and Test Automation. If implement in this flow, Continuous Integration can prove to be an obvious fit for your development process and can help reduce the challenges for better results.

The idea is to adopt select an appropriate tool that fits the existing technology ecosystem that fits in effectively within your existing development environment. Continuous Integration helps build and integrate the software frequently. Moreover, it is recommended to execute unit tests as part of the overall integration process.

  1. Detect early, Resolve faster

Faster detection of issues/defects helps resolve the problems faster. If the integration and software development process does not incorporate testing, the overall cycle can go reverse that will further incur risks. When the development team strives to add new features to the code and detect bugs, the code’s health can go for a toss. At the same time if you have Continuous Integration server in the process, it helps you keep your software in a better shape.

  1. Segregate software builds from deployment

Continuous Integration helps you to completely separate the build and deployment process, where both are treated as independent activities with no specific dependencies. While the developer may focus on the build process, integration could be taken up a sole activity by the testing team. The Continuous Integration server can trigger a developer’s check in for integration and a tester’s check-in for deployment.

This helps kill the dependencies and enables dedicated attention. It helps to identify problems with the build at an early stage and move progressively towards getting the software in the production environment.

  1. Continuous Integration with Test Automation

Whether your enterprise has adopted Test Automation or is considering it for faster test cycles, Continuous Integration is here to enable you. When the recurring and repeatable tests are automated, it helps teams to deliver better and faster. Continuous Integration powered with Test Automation helps cut manual efforts and helps testing and development teams to look at the SDLC process more creatively.

When it comes to testing, identifying the failed codes is more important than bragging about the successful ones. It is bound to make your software/application stronger.

  1. Continuous Testing with Agile

Continuous Integration with an Agile methodology helps gain speedy delivery by ensuring quality. Project Managers and development teams are advised to implement continuous integration in the overall release management strategy. The overall SDLC process – write, build, integrate, test, debug and deploy can be complex.

The Agile process enables flexibility and helps teams go back and review the build for accuracy. This further helps improve delivery time and releases testers to look beyond the obvious in the process.

  1. Continuous Integration for transparency

At a broader level, Continuous Integration helps provide transparency to the overall Development and Quality Assurance (QA) process. It helps indicate failed tests and the reasons for that failure, which further helps in leading to some logical reasoning and required action for improvements.

  1. Continuous Testing for reduced bugs

Bugs and defects are an inevitable component of the SDLC process. With Continuous Integration the instances of bug accumulation gets reduced substantially. Thanks to the overall automation it provides, bugs are identified early and risks are reduced.

  1. Continuous Integration for Automated Regression Tests

Continuous Testing facilitates automated regression tests, where Test packages hosted in the QA repository can be maintained and implemented by multiple QA team members and executed whenever a new code is deployed to the environment.

When every new defect gets added to the automated test case, it becomes easy to effectively build a substantial regression testing suite. This enables automation of the regression tests and reduces the efforts of the testing teams.

  1. Smoke Tests with Continuous Integration

As mentioned earlier, Test packages written by QA and maintained with the Continuous Integration systems can help automate the build and test process. Further Smoke Tests can be written to monitor the production system and deliverables can be made available for a wider group by testing the software at various stages.

Continuous Integration comprises automated deployment, deployment scripts for testing every build to ensure that no code related issues arise in the production.

Gallop’s Test Automation Accelerator Kit (GTAAK) has been enabling end-to-end automation of applications across the SDLC to bring speed to market and enhance the quality of testing. Connect with our Test Automation leads to build QA best practices and gain quality with speed.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

Can Digital Testing Strategies Really Help Implement Quality Engineering?

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Market research reports have been defining and redefining the concept of Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) for enterprises. At the same time, these reports have also been emphasizing on the security aspects associated with the Enterprise Applications that are and in the near future will determine the impact of BYOD policies across an organization. Digital QA / Digital Quality Assurance and Testing is seen as a catalyst to power the implementation and effectiveness of Enterprise Applications for businesses. The new-age digital innovations and the unstoppable popularity of smart gadgets like smart phones, tablets, robotics, and new operating systems (OS) is making digital testing and digital QA a much more critical mandate.

A research report by Mckinsey states that companies are expecting digital initiatives to deliver annual growth and cost-effectiveness of almost 5-10% or more in the coming 3 to 5 years. Enterprises are making substantial investments in various enterprise-level digital initiatives with a key business objective to strengthen their customer experience strategy, and are also expecting equally exciting ROI.

As software testing and industry experts validate, there is no definite way of testing the effectiveness and seamless functioning of digital enterprises. It is an evolving pattern that is inventive and progressive at the same time. A digital enterprise mandates a new but proven strategy of quality assurance that is more focused on the outcome and not just enables the digital transformation, but accelerates the business growth. Whether born digital or loaded with redundant legacy systems, every organization today is facing a pressing need to embrace digital quality assurance to transform digitally.

Solutions ensuring Digital Assurance are enabling enterprises to unlock the value of digital economy and enhance customer experience. Besides ensuring better customer experience, it also facilitates seamless operations of various enterprise level applications, making them secure for desired performance and expected convergence across the digital platform.

While we are experiencing an absolute paradigm shift for both businesses and IT operations, the digital race is all about bringing in more creativity while adopting digital technologies and staying competitive. The deadly nexus between Social Media-Analytics-Mobile-Cloud (SMAC) and Internet of Things (IoT) & Smart devices have proven to be the key enablers for Digital Transformation. These are the major tools that are helping enterprises to get closer to the customers, empower employees, and transform business processes. No industry can escape this change.

This is it – the big Change


Quality Engineering and Assurance helps the overall software development process with required testing support across various hardware and software. It ensures that testing begins way ahead in the overall SDLC, ensuring maximum test coverage and quality.

Digital Assurance helps CEOs & CXOs assess their enterprise for digital readiness, draw a roadmap for transformation, and ensure complete business assurance.

Every organization is today working towards translating Digital Transformation into commercial success. This specifically needs the right digital skills and proven expertise to assure digital effectiveness across the enterprise. What is the key to achieve this?

A strategic and result-oriented approach that automates and integrates the entire landscape for seamless functioning.

Can Digital Testing strategies really help implement Quality Engineering?

A comprehensive Digital Assurance & Testing strategy provides scalable and reusable assets and enablers for improving the overall efficiency of Quality Assurance and Testing processes. Suggested below are some key aspects that an experienced testing partner considers while strategizing a QA approach for digital enterprises.

  • Omni-Channel Assurance:

It is an approach that takes into account a test strategy for all the channels, on the basis of the patterns of user interactions. Digital Assurance is expected to provide consistent experience across all channels of user interaction – physical as well as virtual. The user must not just feel connected, but also have an overall cohesive experience.

Testing should prominently focus on functional testing across various channels of interactions. Test environments can be virtualized to create an ecosystem for testing, which can be an effective approach to confirm a particular behaviour/outcome. The two integral aspects of Omni-Channel Assurance are:

  1. Various devices: The application should be tested across all kind of devices, such as tablets, mobiles, wearable devices, web, etc., where every platform/device should provide consistent experience. This can be ensured by implementing Test Automation across devices, for continuous integration as well.
  2. Various platforms: Compatibility across various browsers and operating systems is a must for connected and desired consumer experience. Compatibility testing ensures this and brings seamless experience.
  • Widespread User base:

Internet connectivity and Internet user density is increasing across the globe, where it is estimated that over 50% of the global population has access to Internet. This means, every user anywhere and everywhere should experience the same functionalities. Digital Assurance and comprehensive testing strategies ensure both localization and globalization tests for seamless customer experience.

  • Security Assurance:

With data sensitive applications being hosted across multiple platforms, it is important to test them to check the possible risks and ensure resilience during load situations. Security Assurance and testing measures risks and vulnerabilities of a platform and tests the system for all possible loads/hacks. Particularly, it focuses on application profiling, authentication, encryption algorithms, and data validation.

  • Application Lifecycle automation / Business process automation:

Enterprises are looking at gaining a competitive edge by building quality applications and a robust digital platform for consumers/employees. However, the overall ecosystem is getting complex due to constant innovations, and the traditional ways of testing are getting obsolete. Test Automation for ensuring high velocity and speed to market is coming up effectively and enterprises are increasingly embracing it for minimal glitches.

Business process automation works massively to gain competitive edge, as it helps organizations to scale up effectively with lowered costs and minimal efforts. With start-ups springing up every day, experts claim that process automation can improve the cost performance by almost 90% across various function within an organization.

Digitization/Digital Transformation as they say has less to do to technology, but more with the overall approach. Digital enterprises with a thorough Quality Engineering strategy are better equipped to reinvent their overall business processes and bring agility in their approach.

At Gallop we take pride in building enterprises for the future. We bring about digital transformations by establishing comprehensive testing across the organization’s digital value chain that comprises of digital marketing, web portals, web content, digital assets, web analytics, and the overall digital ecosystem – Cloud, Mobility, Big Data, and Smart devices. Connect with our Thought Leaders in the Digital QA & Testing space for a complete QA strategy and build your enterprise for the Next-Gen.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

How Test Automation can help Retailers save big bucks


Does anyone remember Circuit City? It was one of the top U.S. electronics retailers that went out of business in 2009, as it couldn’t address the new-age needs of the customers. It finally succumbed to its inability to respond smartly and skilfully to the growing popularity of online retailers like Amazon.com.

As consumer experience goes through a chain of transformations, the retail sector has to get geared up accordingly to deal with the changes. Traditional retailers and giants like Walmart have spent over a decade and innumerable billons to restructure and revamp their brick-and-mortar businesses to address the needs of the online shopper.

In August 2016, Walmart, world’s largest retailer and a predominant player in the big-box stores category announced its $3.3-billion-dollar deal with Jet, the year-old online bulk retailer. It has been cited as the largest deal ever for an e-commerce player. While the deal got sealed, Walmart management acknowledged that its online strategy was not generating the desired results and they required external technology and expertise.

At the same time, strong online brands like Amazon are taking a reverse route with a view to reinforce ‘Omni-channel’ retailing. Amazon created news when it opened its first physical bookstore in Seattle’s University Village. This practice has been observed across various online brands, who have opened their physical stores. The objective is to provide seamless experience to customers across physical, online, mobile interface. However, this poses additional challenge for retailers.

These are amongst the many challenges that the retail sector is facing in the wake of the evolving consumer demands and preferences. As some industry experts say, Out-of-the-box thinking for enhanced productivity and competitive advantage continues to remain a challenge for the retail sector. This is where technology comes to rescue, and when technology has to play an integral part, it needs to get tested for the desired performance.

Whether it is a brick and mortar outlet or an online ecommerce platform, IT has been enabling retailers to tackle market challenges and attend effectively to consumer demands.

What is the criticality of IT/technology in the Retail sector? In literal terms, technology works for you 24*7, which is not expected from a human.

  • Know your customer: While the customer shops at your store, goes to the billing counter and while the items get scanned at the Point of Sale (PoS), the retailer gets every possible data to know the customer better and predict the possible preferences. Segmentation of such purchase patterns further enables retailers to gauge the inventory flow that helps to order the required stocks and avoid any out of stock situation.
  • Planned approach: With the right technology platform in place, retailers get equipped with well-analysed information for enabling the business. This further helps get the right results within timelines. Leveraging the right Technology platform helps manage activities and strategize effectively across offline (physical stores) and online stores.
  • Omni-channel approach: Whether the customer is shopping online or offline, technology platforms help retailers to offer consistent and seamless experience. It further helps manage and control activities from a single dedicated space, which not only provides ease of business, but also turns out to be cost-effective.
  • Seamless customer experience: Ecommerce is rapidly evolving and posing innumerable challenges for the long established retail brands. One of the key factors that e-commerce players are able to offer is flawless and personalized online shopping experience. Online shopping portals are increasingly getting interactive and responsive to the customer needs – right from offering impressive options, ordering, immediate cancellations/exchange, and much more.

That’s why they say, online retail is here to transform, but IT/technology is its biggest Enabler.

Some of the key reasons why some retail biggies fail is that they are unable to harness the technology effectively. What works best is to on-board the required technical, implementation, and test automation expertise to make the technology platform work for you!

The digitally connected universe and the mobile-enabled consumer is changing the shape of the retail industry. The retail industry is exceptionally challenged with high operational overhead and lower profit margins. The overheads comprise, maintaining a chain of retail stores, where the profits expected could be absolutely miniscule. At the same time, IT systems are expected to provide the same levels of quality as across any other industry.

Considering some peculiar challenges that the retail domain has been facing, it demands a much more mature software Testing approach. A strong and seasoned testing partner can build an efficient Software Development Lifecycle (SDLC) process that accelerates software development and build comprehensive testing strategy.

Some key testing challenges that the retail sector needs to address are:

  • Testing of legacy systems: What customer needs is a one-stop shop, where the retailer is big or small, it has to store massive loads of merchandise. Large retailers work with IT systems designed almost 20-30 years back, endlessly releasing software. This makes testing complex and test coverage not so effective. This requires end-to-end testing process to effectively test all applications.
  • Managing promotions: While the retailers promote various promotional coupons or activities, it is imperative to offer them online and manage the activities seamlessly across online and offline platforms, where the required IT applications need to get aligned and functional across multiple retails channels. If there is a delay or an error in configuring and testing the applications, it can adversely impact time-to-market. This requires continuous testing for efficient performance and desired outcome across platforms.
  • Online security & Mobile POS Security: There is an increasing need to establish secure presence across the online platforms. This requires secure software development practices and testing practices that create a security testing framework and tools to make the web/mobile interface secure for the customers.

Moreover, the increasing number of POS applications, POS credit card enabled mobile apps, credit card reader devices, and NFC technology, demand thorough security checks for the core infrastructure. There is an additional need to conduct 24*7 application testing across all retail POS applications.

Independent software testing with effective implementation of Test Automation Center of Excellence (CoE) is the need of hour.

Considering there is a constant need to conduct tests across technology platforms and devices, automating tests for effective and consistent results is a much needed approach. The marketplace is flooded with licensed as well Open-Source test automation tools to accelerate time-to-market and ensure quality with cost-effectiveness. In addition, automating the tests further helps ensure performance of the applications that are expected to give recurring results across stores, e-portals, etc.

One of the leading home furnishing and décor retailers in US teamed up with Gallop’s Test Automation experts to reduce their overall testing efforts with improved quality to deliver enhanced customer experience. The retailer needed a mechanism to establish best QA practices to ensure superior experience for its end customers and most importantly sustain in the rapidly evolving retail scenario.

Gallop leveraged the right combination of tools, best practices, and test methodologies to meet business objectives of the client. Our reusable solution assets further helped to cut the engagement costs over a period of time. The client was able to reduce the testing budgets by 30% by leveraging Gallop’s Retail CoE expertise. Gallop takes precedence in providing Test Automation services and has built a dedicated Automation Center of Excellence (ACoE) that is backed by a decade of experience in executing test automation engagements for global clients.

At Gallop, we have been working with leading enterprises in North America and have served Fortune 500 enterprises & ISVs. Enterprises operating across industries have being leveraging Gallop’s Advisory and IP-led Independent Software testing services to gain higher ROI from their Quality Assurance initiatives.

Connect with us for a comprehensive Test Automation strategy that empowers you to not only reach faster to market, but also sustain profitably in the immensely demanding Retail sector

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

Integrating Selenium with Google Drive

Integrating Selenium with Google Drive

New-age technologies have extensively impacted our routine activities and quite positively. Today there are sophisticated and advanced gadgets available to further ease human efforts. While the emerging technologies continue to transform our lives, testing their performance for desired outcome is indispensable.

Test Automation holds numerous advantages to enhance the testing processes and achieve maximum test coverage. Google Drive integration is a case in point. We shall further discuss and understand the various advantages of using Google Drive.

When you integrate with the User Interface (UI) of Google Drive, users can create and open files stored on the drive within the application. This process is applicable across all the Google Drive Web applications. The Google Drive platform provides a bunch of APIs along with client libraries, language-specific examples, and documentation to help you develop apps that can integrate with Google Drive for automation.


Why is using Google Drive for Test Automation recommended?

  • You can create an external file that stores the test data (Input data and Expected Data) as centralized and shared repository.
  • You can populate the test data into Automation Test Script, so that several API’s can be used to read the test data.
  • The total number of scripts required to cover all the possible combinations of test scenarios is very less. Thus, lesser amount of code is required to test a complete set of scenarios.
  • You get increased flexibility and maintainability of automation test scripts, which also offers a clean and
    user-friendly interface.
  • Any change in the test data matrix would not hamper the test script code.
  • It provides effective communication and sharing, so that it is easier for manual and automation test teams to execute the scripts on Cloud with required set of data.
  • Check-in or check-out from the project framework is not required to refactor the test data.
  • High re-usability can be achieved, as tests can be reused across multiple test cases by altering the test data values.

Challenges of using Google Drive for Test Automation

  • In order to avoid script-processing errors due to incorrect data-file format or content, Notepad or Microsoft Excel has to be used to create and maintain the data files.
  • While developing and executing automation test scripts, technical skills are required to refactor the test data sheet within the Automation framework.

Prerequisites for Integration

  • Java 1.7 or greater
  • Access to the internet and a web browser
  • A Google account with Google Drive enabled

Google Drive Configuration

    1. Login into your Gmail account like xx@gmail.com and navigate to the Access Link https://console.developers.google.com in other tab.
    2. Click on “Google API Console” under Developer Consoles section at bottom of the page or navigate to link – https://console.developers.google.com/apis/library
    3. Click on “Drive API” under Google Apps APIs section.

Google Apps APIs

    1. Create/Select a project in the Google Developers Console and enable the Google API. Click Continue, then Go to credentials.

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    1. At the top of the page, select the OAuth consent screen tab. Select an Email address, enter a Product name if not already set, and click Save.

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6. Select the Credentials tab, click Create Credentials and select OAuth client ID.

7. Now to create Client Id, click on ‘Configure consent screen’.

8. Select the application type other, enter the name “client Demo”, and click Create.

9. Now dialog will appear which shows your “OAuth Client Id and Client Secret”. Click OK to dismiss the resulting dialog.


10. Select the client name checkbox and click the file download (Download JSON) button to the right of the client ID.

11. Move the downloaded file to your working directory and rename it client_secret.json.


12. Now click on “Create credentials” drop down button and select “Service Account Key”.

13. Select “Service Account – Compute Engine default service account” and key type “P12”. Click Create.

14. Click Close to dismiss the resulting dialog.

15. Move the downloaded file – *.P12 to your working directory.


16. Open Google Drive from your Gmail account.

17. Create a new Google spreadsheet and save it as testSheet.

18. Click Share and share the spreadsheet with your Client Id (xxx-developer.gsserviceaccount.com) which you  created above.

19. Modify the Access Link setting – “Anyone with the link can edit”

20. Click Save.

Java Source Code for Integration

Here is a sample code in Java for accessing the Google Drive for any user. To use the same, first download the following jars or add maven dependencies.

Jar Files











Google Drive is the most user-friendly storage option, where all test data can be loaded (For e.g. on Gmail, Google Docs, and spreadsheets), and accessed from all remote locations. Google provides both free and paid-for storage services. These provide multiple storage capacity options for your files and folders, where users can store backup local files and sync in files and folders across multiple computers.

It is recommended to utilize Google Drive services for Quality Assurance (QA) practices and further also integrate with Automation tools like Selenium.

Selenium is one of the most popular Automation testing suites. It is designed to test functional aspects of Web applications across a wide range of browsers and platforms. Considering it is an Open-Source platform, it is easy to integrate Google Drive with Selenium. Additionally, credentials of Google account can be shared with all authorized team members for effective execution of tests on the Cloud.

Ashish Jain technical lead at Gallop SolutionsAbout the Author: Ashish Jain, Technical Lead at Gallop Solutions, brings with him rich experience in the field of automation for web and mobile-based applications. He has extensive expertise in both functional as well as performance automation. He also holds expertise across various automation tools and technologies and has been involved in designing Testing solutions for various clients in Energy Utilities, Donation and fitness-based domains.
The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

Can Test Automation really help build sound Embedded Devices?



Tech portals are exploding with stories about Samsung Note7’s recall and exchange programs, which has led to Samsung’s stock plunging with losses as much as $14.3 billion (source: MarketWatch). The Korean electronics giant is now officially in talks and has already started working with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for the recall and has recommended Note7 owners to switch off their devices and stop charging them.

As the investigation of the phenomenal recall progresses, Samsung UK stated, “Based on our investigation, we learned that there was an issue with the battery cell. An overheating of the battery cell occurred when the anode-to-cathode came into contact which is a very rare manufacturing process error.”

The disruptions caused by this disaster have been startling. For the records, a person’s Jeep reportedly got destroyed after Note7 explosion, while a 6 year old got severely injured. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued a strict warning to the airlines about the device.

New devices and gadgets are enthusing consumers every hour. If not literally speaking, a consumer can witness a new gadget launch every millisecond. Who can imagine that the new consumer friendly gadget lying in your Jeep or near your pillow could be lethal?

Maybe not just in sync, but a disaster like this amplifies the urgency of testing Embedded devices for robust framework and ultimately a market-ready product. When the competition is biting in and performance is everything, devising the best testing strategy seems to be the only way out!

What are Embedded Devices and where do we find them?

Embedded device is generally part of a system that serves a higher purpose. It is a specialized device meant to fit into one or specific few systems. Embedded devices or systems hold tremendous relevance and applications across various domains, namely, commercial, consumer, industrial, health-care, automotive, defence, and many more.

Embedded devices or systems can be found across product segments. It can be part of a heart rate monitor implanted within a wristwatch, which can be connected to a smartphone to display your heart’s health and in emergency situations alert your nearest contact with a call or message. A fitness band on your wrist that tracks your body movements and calories burned for a detailed health record.

While these were instances of some everyday examples, where they help connect human and machine behaviour, embedded systems implanted within home and kitchen appliances can communicate between each other. For instance, the refrigerator can notify the users that there is no milk or the vegetables are getting over. Specifically, Embedded systems make consumer devices smarter.

Nonetheless, its application as mentioned earlier cannot be confined to a particular domain. Embedded systems are designed particularly with some specific functionalities. They can be found in any/every device, right from smart cars, pacemakers, artificially intelligent drones, to the avionics in current day fighter jets/airplanes.

Testing Automation, not just for experience…for Excellence

With modern day smart devices dominating our everyday existence, testing these devices for a safe and sound interface is more than critical. Cars are being designed every second hour to get smarter and expectantly better. What if there is a software glitch and in midst of a stormy drive, the sensors stop and the system is unable to alert you about the tree log approaching your vehicle? Resulting in a sudden crash!

Embedded devices can be found in Avionic systems, Telecom, Logistics, Industrial, Medical, and many more Smart Devices. This shows the impact of testing Embedded devices to ensure excellence and seamless functionality.

Experts claim that the core concepts around automated testing for Embedded system is almost in line with its application for any other software. The specifics may vary from application to application or across platforms, but the underlying principles remain in line. At least, not radically different. Developers/Testers are known to look for patterns that can enable both while Coding and Testing, respectively. A similar pattern can be found while testing Embedded systems. How do you identify these patterns, is a puzzle that Test Automation solves.

Though Test Automation for embedded systems is broadly similar to many other applications, it is influenced by issues that are impacting the embedded world. To cite a few:

  • No specific design for testing
  • Resource and time constraints
  • A range of deployment architectures
  • Indefinite perspectives on implementation
  • Still evolving quality & certification parameters/standards
  • Access to execution platforms and multiple environments
  • Gap between the application development and actual execution platform

Implementing Test Automation can work wonders in accelerating the overall process. It can help improve the development process, which can be a task in the initial phase. It proves to be an absolute pay-off in the long run. It can be executed faster and in a recurring manner, which turns out to be cost-effective for products where performance has to be checked under various situations.

Specifically, in an Agile environment it helps to keep going back and repeating the tests to ensure functionality. It further helps in enhancing the test coverage.

While testing Embedded systems, the consistency of the behaviour/outcome needs to be tested. Automating the tests, brings efficiency and helps get results consistently with repeated tests. Test automation provides a reliable platform for your testing needs.

Simulating a particular user environment can be downright helpful in testing Embedded devices. Though its benefits are yet to be established, executing automated tests under an emulated environment can help derive close to reliable results of the system’s functioning. Repeated tests can be executed in a particular set-up to get results and confirm the system’s functional aspects and performance.

Test Automation helps you attain quality and at the same time helps you get your product faster to the market. The need to be there before the consumer asks, is every brand’s dream, but at the cost of compromising quality, security, safety?

iPhone7 has just stepped out of its cradle, but the market is already buzzing with rumours around iPhone8. That’s the pressing need of the hour!

Gallop’s test automation strategy enables enterprises to increase release velocity, reduce time to market and reduce overall testing effort resulting in significant return on investment (ROI). Connect with our experts to leverage the Automation Center of Excellence (ACoE) backed by a decade of experience in executing test automation engagements for global clients & a large pool of test automation experts.








The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

How Digital Assurance & Testing Help Build Agile Enterprises?

Digital assurance and testingPokemon Go has been creating buzz since July 2016 post its launch in select countries and is by far the most popular mobile game in the US history. Numbers and popularity charts could be working out for Nintendo, however, some enterprise-level IT security managers have a different take on this app. While the trend of getting hi-end mobile devices and related accessories at workplaces continues, gaming apps like Pokemon Go are fizzing concerns around Server hacks, unauthorized permissions, and more.

Though Pokemon Go seems like a recent and peculiar threat, industry enthusiasts opine that any such application loaded on a personal device within an enterprise can pose a potent risk.

There is a chaotic hustle around making enterprises/workplaces more Agile and flexible to drive productivity and ease of operation for employees. Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is considered as a catalyst for making enterprise more user-friendly, flexible and more responsive. While we say so, the major challenge is for the IT security teams with issues concerning the overall implementation of policies and effective security measures to determine and manage security lapses.

As they say, Bring Your Own Device; Not your own Virus!

Ready for an Agile boost?

The Agile Manifesto published in 2001 by a niche group of IT leaders evaluates the core principles of an Agile set-up for any enterprise. Fundamental question posed, Is your enterprise ready for the Agile run?

The underlying principles mentioned to asses or determine the impact of Agile implementation within an enterprise are organizational culture, working style and overall attitude, which will prove to be a digital enabler in the current high-speed, competent, and self-made digital economy.

With phenomenal changes across world economies and overall customer experience, businesses and organizations are being pushed towards the edge of the profit churning cycle. There is a growing need to redefine the way the workforce operates and delivers. Policies and processes that enable speed and better accessibility will gain momentum in serving their customers (both internal and external) better.

Thanks to the changing dynamics of consumer expectations, businesses are getting more flexible and robust with their systems at the same time.

Getting ‘digitally’ Agile

A recent Gartner research infers that almost 42% of organizations are expected to increase the spending on mobile app development by an average 31% in 2016. Digital technologies are today connecting enterprises, redefining the work dynamics, and addressing almost every aspect of the business operations.

At a recently held ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS) 2016 in Vientiane, Laos, President and Managing Director of Bosch Southeast Asia Martin Hayes said, “We need effective leadership to overcome the challenges in an uncertain environment. Both business and political leaders should possess the knowledge and capability to be agile, adaptable and resilient” The session was based on the theme ‘The Future of Technology – Focusing on the Digital Economy’.

As the work environment gets digital and more connected, there is a focussed requirement for flawless user experience and robust security measures. What integrates and orchestrates every digital element together is ‘Digital Assurance’.

Digital Assurance enables every device, application, Web / Mobile platform to interact seamlessly within the ecosystem. The ultimate outcome is smooth and undivided user/ customer engagement that leads to the desired action. At the same time, the user should be assured about the data and system’s security from any probable hacking attempt.

Taking into perspective the security aspects and user experience, the need for Digital Assurance and testing has taken a massive leap. It is a critical piece in the overall Digital Transformation and Digital Assurance jigsaw.

With digital technology touching every aspect of the business operations, Digital Assurance & testing has got highlighted as a front-end function that is rapidly influencing the product / application’s design and development.

Digital Assurance & Testing for sustained and secure growth strategy

In 2015, Starbucks faced a major software glitch due to an ‘internal failure’, which resulted in 60% of stores in the US & Canada getting shut down. The failure took place during a routine refresh, where stores were unable to process payments and at a point of time even gave away the coffee for free. Practically, the registers were used to place orders and store cash. Eventually, it accumulated extensive data to carry out tasks like processing credit cards, placing orders at kitchens and keep a track of the loyalty programs.

Instances like these can cause nightmare for international brands that are digitally connected and depend on the digital platform for their survival. Assuring the performance of such systems with robust testing strategy is indispensable.

 An enterprise can get Agile, but at what cost?

Answer to this ever-provoking question is Digital Assurance. Understanding the implications and benefits of Digital Assurance & testing in an organization’s digital landscape is critical and definitely the need of the hour!

Concurrently, it is important to ensure that the right testing strategy is adopted to get required results. Here, we try and address a few of them:

  • Quality models for the digital era:

The Digital era is redefining the role of testing in the overall development landscape. With new age methods like Shift-left, testing is taking a holistic view and understanding various dimensions of consumer experience. Resultantly, there is a growing need to adopt the best and contemporary testing technologies to check issues/bugs within the digital sphere.

  • Omni-channel testing:

Omni-channel application testing focuses on the ensuring enhanced digital experience of the users. Aspects like performance, ease of use and functionality play a key role for any successful user experience. Omni-channel interactions work profoundly for connected devices and multiple digital touch points.

  • Testing solutions for agile projects:

Within an agile environment, the testing needs have to align with the intrinsic requirements. Test Automation with Service Virtualization work effectively to minimize the glitches and minimize downtime.

  • Cloud for testing:

Cloud and virtual environment for testing are increasingly getting effective for testing applications / solutions that can accelerate performance and ensure seamless integration. So, there is a growing demand for cloud-based and virtualized environment for testing large scale enterprise applications.

Enterprises are getting more connected with the sole push to get more agile. Digital Assurance is an ever-rising need for ensuring performance in this connected environment. In terms of testing strategy, there will always be a compulsive need to bring quality, automation and foresight while deploying business critical applications.

Gallop has worked with enterprises of all shapes and sizes and has brought them to speed in this digitally charged and connected ecosystem. Global enterprises have leveraged Gallop’s frameworks for continuous test automation and performance testing to improve their Quality Assurance and Testing practices.

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The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

Empower your business with effective Salesforce Testing

Empower your business with effective Salesforce Testing

Today, we are witnessing a phenomenal surge in E-commerce sites and start-up ventures with some vibrant and offbeat ideas. What is everyone trying to achieve? Is it only commercial success? Guess not, the definition of success for enterprises today is no more confined to monetary gains.

The secret spell for long-term success is ‘sustained customer satisfaction’.

In a market spending survey by Gartner Research, 89% of the enterprises stated that by 2016 all the business ventures would compete primarily on the basis of customer experience. This means that you need to build robust business processes that enable your Sales and Marketing efforts, which would be possible by implementing the right tools to do the needful.

A strong Customer Relationship Management (CRM) tool / platform is today the need of the hour. A CRM platform brings a set of practices, systems, technologies, and strategies that enterprises implement to manage customer communication and customer data through the business lifecycle. The essential objective is to strengthen business relationships and further assist in retention of customers for sustained business growth.

As per industry and Analyst reports, Salesforce is currently leading the bandwagon of preferred CRM software vendors. Gartner states that Salesforce leads in terms of revenue in the sales and Customer Service and Support (CSS) segments of CRM, and is now third in terms of revenue in the marketing segment. This competitive gap keeps on widening.

Ease of implementation, Scalability, or Agility are cited as some key reasons for Salesforce’s popularity.

However, deploying Salesforce and effectively testing it within the business ecosystem is an absolutely critical and strategic move. Salesforce implementation across the organization is defined by its vision and underlying business goals.

Effective Salesforce implementation ensures:

  • Faster closure of deals
  • Sales & Marketing Automation
  • Sustained growth opportunities
  • Strong customer communication
  • Upselling & Cross-selling opportunities

Apart from realizing the testing needs, it is crucial to adopt the right approach towards Salesforce testing. Creating a robust Test framework is indispensable, which is possible by collaborating with an experienced Testing partner.

Salesforce applications are getting complex, with shorter development cycles. This triggers the need for a comprehensive test plan, which ensures significant Code coverage and not just target minimum required test coverage.

In this article, let’s direct our focus on adopting the best approach for Salesforce Testing, which can ensure business enablement and growth.

A few good practices to keep in mind when implementing Salesforce are:

  • Understand the Level of effort

Primarily, evaluate features as per ease of implementation, ease of adopting them within the business ecosystem and ultimately calculate the training period required. The best way is to bucket your features into categories and then gauge their impact on your business. This can help you straighten up your testing road map and get your system ready.

  • Go Agile

A consistent regression test framework is required for ensuring that the ongoing functions are not affected during the sprints. Executing an automated suite of regression tests improves the ability to deploy these applications rapidly and without compromising on the quality. Moreover, considering an Agile approach enables Continuous testing during the implementation process.

  • Testing in fragments

With an agile approach you can test various features of Salesforce and align it with the functions to seek buy in from the respective users. Implementing it across the organization and then testing the entire spectrum could be a massive task to cover. However, if you break it into fragments and test in accordance with the respective functions, it will be more productive and effective.

  • Test Automation boosts the process

Test Automation boosts delivery of applications and facilitates agile sprints with end-to-end testing. This results in cost effectiveness, reduces manual intervention, and mitigates risks with constant integration on Salesforce platform.

Following are some key benefits that Test Automation holds for testing Salesforce Applications, resulting in successful implementation:

  • Enables shorter Test cycles within shorter time-frames
  • Brings down the costs
  • Helps address defects / issues before the Go-LIVE stage
  • Attains improved test coverage for every release
  • Helps validate the integration with third party applications
  • End-to-end automation helps mitigate business risks
  • Performance Testing

With increasing number of applications being deployed on Salesforce Cloud, it is important to ensure the functional efficacy of the applications with Performance testing. Performance / stress testing emphasizes on validating the functioning of the applications in a particular environment with the required data.

  • Training your team…

As much as it is important to deploy a CRM, it is equally crucial to train the people who are going to use it. It will help the organization gain more mileage out of the tool and use it effectively on a routine basis. Moreover, this is the right audience who will help you identify the smallest defects and address them at the right time.

Salesforce is loaded with features and offers much more than CRM specific functions. With an experienced implementation and testing partner you can build a long-term road map to reap benefits from Salesforce for your organization.

  • Collaborate with the right Salesforce Testing partner

The most logical step for long-term benefits and seamless implementation is to on board an experienced Salesforce testing partner. Choosing the right testing partner can help you reap better ROI from your Salesforce applications.

An ideal testing partner comes with expertise across domains, testing capabilities, astute team and appropriate advice on the timelines and budgets.

It is recommended to on board a partner who will not just execute testing job for you, but will also advise you on the right strategy and build a robust test framework that brings consistency in the testing process.

Gallop experts bring comprehensive experience and expertise in Salesforce Testing. Connect with Gallop experts to gain from the extensive experience of its Salesforce Test Architects and witness business transformation for sustained growth.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

How Test Case Automation Fast-tracks Test Life Cycle Automation

How Test Case Automation Fast-tracks Test Life Cycle Automation


A recent Gartner report states that the demand for Enterprise Mobile Apps is estimated to surpass existing Development Capacity Five to One. Likewise, by the end of 2017, market demand for Mobile Application development service will rise almost 5 times faster than the organization’s in-house IT team’s capacity to develop and deliver them. It further forecasts that the soaring sale of mobile devices will shoot up the demand for applications in the enterprise.

This further reinforces the significance of testing and getting your application / software up to the mark for the ever-greedy and ever-demanding marketplace. Whether it is an enterprise or an individual, everyone is hungry for more features and a more secure interface. Every application and business idea is an opportunity to consider.

Consequently, it is imperative for businesses to accelerate and automate the testing mechanism and ensure flawless product / application. The sheer purpose is to make it effective in terms of costs, time, and efforts. With rising demand and opportunities in the market, applications have to be developed within shrinking timelines and at the same time it is necessary to optimize the existing manpower.

In order to answer this ever challenging situation, experts are today advising and progressing towards Automated Testing.

Automation drives growth and it follows manual testing. While there could be couple of Manual testing rounds done, Test automation entails the use of specific software to the check the execution of tests and compare the actual outcome alongside the predicted outcomes. The key and compelling aspect about Test automation is that it mechanises recurring but mandatory tasks by implementing standardized testing processes / tools.

Test automation is critical for continuous delivery and continuous testing. It further plays a pivotal role in establishing a reliable and robust testing architecture. At the same time it focusses on constantly enhancing quality with minimal efforts and shorted schedule.

So, as the Young Turks say, why work hard, when you can ‘Work Smart’?

Test Automation is increasingly getting popular, as it reduces the development schedule and consistently provides each software build. So, the underlying objective of this methodology is to connect the user and the testing team way ahead in the design and development cycle and further enhance the end software / application. Additionally, it ensures that the user’s requirements and specifications are considered to address the remotely possible risks in the development cycle.

What are the typical steps for Automation of Test Life Cycle Methodology (ATLM)?

  1. Automation feasibility analysis
  2. Test Plan/Design
  3. Environment Setup
  4. Test Script Generation/Automation test case Generation
  5. Test script execution
  6. Test result generation & Analysis


The ATLM methodology necessitates an organized approach that puts across a process to strategize and initiate testing. Consequently, with this, the test team can escape those commonly committed test program errors such as:

  • Executing an automated test tool without a testing strategy or process, which makes it impossible to measure and evaluate the impact of testing.
  • Implementing a test design without considering any standard processes, resulting in test scripts that cannot be repeated and could further enable improvisation of the build.
  • Implementing the wrong tool or develop an exhaustive test tool.
  • Striving 100% automation of test requirements, when tools developed in-house are not able to support automation of all tests.
  • Allocating inadequate time for setting up the test tool and introducing the same in the learning curve.
  • Involving the test engineer at a later stage in the application-development lifecycle results in unformed approach towards automating the process and the application ends up being incompletely tested. This compromises on the quality.

With constant iterations / enhancements to the software applications, specifically Desktop / Mobile applications, automated software testing brings in accuracy and consistency to the software with each build. Moreover, the methodology helps develop and manage test data and test environment to further include problem reports. The fundamental motive is to reduce the time cycle and enable faster turnaround time for commercial viability.

Is your organization considering a robust and well-defined Automation Testing strategy? Gallop’s team of experts have collaborated with small and big enterprises globally to enable them with a Test framework, which has resulted in faster time-to-market without compromising on the quality.

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10 Emerging Trends in Software Testing: Predictions for the next decade

10 Emerging Trends in Software Testing

The last decade has seen an overwhelming evolution of the software testing industry giving way to greener pastures. This rapid scale of development is keeping not just the developers, but also the testers on tenterhooks, making them to continuously strive to upgrade their skills. Even businesses today need to be even more aware of what is best in terms of performance and security. This disruption has been caused by the new technologies, and it is always challenging for testers to overcome the new issues posed by these upcoming technologies.

2015 saw the acceptance of testing as an early activity in the software development lifecycle. This was predominantly due to the widespread adoption of Agile and DevOps methodologies by organizations across the globe. The goal was to get their apps faster to the market. 2015 also saw an increase in the use of virtualization and service oriented architecture along with cloud computing that led to many testing tool vendors vying for the market space in the testing arena.

This post summarizes the Top 10 emerging trends/predictions for the next decade that may change the landscape of software testing. This is based on our observations and experience with leading Fortune 500 enterprises and industry analyst research reports. It is interesting to discover each of these trends and to know how enterprises as well as testing professionals can get leverage these trends, re-strategize or re-skill themselves.

  1. The Future belongs to Open Source Tools: The next decade (may be more!) will see a lot of Open source tools in action as more and more organizations will adopt them for proper implementation of Agile, DevOps, and Test Automation. Support communities for the open source tools can only become more and more involved and active.
  1. Quality @ High speed is the new mantra: Everyone wants the best products in the fastest possible time. This is making organizations focus on providing the best user experience along with the fastest time to market. The speed is only going to increase (and the quality better) with the latest technologies and tools at the disposal of teams.
  1. Software Development Engineers in Test (SDETs) will be in huge demand: SDETs have been existing among us since almost a decade, but their role was very different from traditional testing roles. That said, by early 2020, almost all testers will need to wear an SDET hat to be successful in the field of Test Automation, that is going to become mainstream.
  1. Agile and DevOps will rule the roost – TCoE is dead: According to Forrester, organizations are not looking at having centralized Test Centers of Excellence anymore. Test automation developers today are now a part of the agile teams. The erstwhile testing arena is making a shift towards quality engineering, and testing is intended to become more iterative, progressive, and seamlessly integrated with development.
  1. Digital Transformation is here to stay: With a majority of organizations making a foray in the digital world, the need for digital transformation will require a huge shift of focus towards digital testing. Robust strategies for digital assurance will be required for focusing on optimizing functional testing across channels.
  1. BigData Testing will become really BIG: We are sitting atop an explosive amount of BigData today and need to have a very strong strategy around BigData Testing. Testing datasets requires highly analytical tools, techniques, and frameworks, and is an area that is set to grow big.
  1. IoT: Heralding an era of Connected Devices: With IoT growing in leaps and bounds, more and more customers rely on IoT Testing before using the products. If the products are not tested, their functionality, security, and effectiveness – all will come under scanner. According to a HP study, 70 percent of devices in the Internet of Things are vulnerable to security problems.
  1. DevOps will drive Quality Engineering: DevOps ideology is based on seamless collaboration and integration between the different departments of an IT Organization – developers, quality professionals, and IT professionals. Testing plays a business-critical role as developers are involved not just in the correctness of their code, but also in the testing and overall Quality engineering aspects. DevOps thus is propelling businesses towards greater speeds of deployment and quality assurance and is thus helping them realize higher returns on investment and faster time to market in a cost-efficient manner.
  1. Performance Engineering is replacing Performance Testing: Repeating a cliché – “A good user experience is the key to a successful product”. Consistent performance across diverse platforms, OSs, and devices defines how much of a market can a product really capture. The need to provide the best experience to users is making organizations change their strategy. They are now moving away from just providing Performance tests to providing Performance engineering.
  1. The best news is that Software Testing Budgets will continue to grow: It is but obvious that with such huge focus and demand for high quality products, and with major IT trends such as BigData analytics, Cloud Technologies, Mobility, and Virtualization, Testing has become more than just a need. This will push the organizations towards allocating a bigger chunk of their IT budget (around 40%) for software testing and QA.

About Kalyana Rao Konda

Kalyan is the President & Global Head of Gallop Solutions Inc. With 17+ years of experience in IT Services, specifically software testing, Kalyan has led large QA teams of 2000+ people at AppLabs as VP-Delivery and had been in QA leadership roles with Virtusa&BaaN earlier. He has a rare mix of high technical understanding with a pragmatic approach to testing services delivery. A strong proponent of Testing-as-a-Service (TaaS) delivery model, Kalyan is a thought leader with hands on expertise in building large scale test automation suites, executing and maintaining them. He has a patent pending with USPTO for ‘iGenerate test Scenario’ and ‘Web Services Validator’ filed last year. Kalyan is a speaker at various testing conferences including DevOps East, StarEast& Agile Testing Conference in Boston. He was recently awarded the prestigious “40 Under 40 Award 2016” from the Philadelphia Business Journal.

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Practical Approach for Improving Agile Testing Maturity – Part 2

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Continuing from where we left off in Practical Approach for Improving Agile Testing Maturity – Part 1, let us deep dive into the remaining critical factors for improving an organizations’ agile testing maturity. As explained, the 5 steps to improve your agile test maturity are:

  1. Discover and Document
  2. Analyze and Benchmark
  3. Develop a Roadmap
  4. Transformation Approach
  5. Continuous Process Improvement

We discussed the first two steps in the previous blog. Let us now see what the remaining steps entail.

Develop a Roadmap

Based on the results and inferences that can be made from the Analyze and benchmark phase, a transformation agenda can be generated. This agenda, if adopted, will act as a roadmap to convert your goals into reality. The Vision and Mission must be clearly drafted and put in place. The roadmap should contain both long-and-short term strategic objectives that are aligned with achieving the business goals.

At a very high-level, the roadmap should include the objectives being targeted, the low-hanging fruits, quick wins, and the potential benefits. Usually a roadmap must be proposed against a set of focus areas or business objectives governed with a strategy, reference models, and enablers that complement the mission. In a testing environment, the organizations can focus on the following focus areas including, but not limited to Testing in Agile Environment, Test Coverage Enhancements, Improving the Testing Lead times, and focusing on the elements that enable the transformation. Organization can do a quick cost benefit analysis, prioritize the areas for improvement based on the value proposition, the business impact, and return on investment (ROI). Categorizing the improvement areas will help teams to stay focused and resilient. Usually efforts invested in enhancing customer satisfaction, quality, and product alignment take precedence over efforts being made on improving the operational efficiency.

That said, a roadmap without a proper transformation approach is as useless as trying to reach a destination without a proper route map to reach there.

Transformation Approach

Transformation approach is another vital aspect for converting Vision to Mission. A Target Operating Model has to be designed that sets the tone for transformation. This model can be developed with all the intended and implied needs of customers or clients. For an organization invested in, is following agile development, and is focused on improving its testing maturity, the following focus areas may be considered:

  • Test Organization
  • Functional and Non-functional test coverage
  • Test Efficiency
  • Test Tools Management
  • Transformation levers such as Knowledge base, Skilled resources, Subject Matter Experts (SMEs), infrastructural needs etc.

In essence, the Target Operating Model is a low level framework and a workable solution with the finest of the details in the transformation strategy.

In the later stages, transformation can be noticed in the re-baselining of processes, training the associates on improved process, piloting the improvements in a phased manner, collecting the feedback and then re-optimizing the processes. This is an everlasting, continuing loop that organizations should tend to adopt for meeting the ever increasing demands and needs of their clients/customers.

Continuous Process Improvement

Having discussed the roadmap and transformation stages, let us get now get an insight on the process improvement journey. A continuous process improvement requires formal self-assessment/Independent audits/Third party audits to be put in place with the help of industry accepted frameworks, or customized and home grown frameworks.

The incessant demands and needs of the customers force the organizations to adapt new changes and improve existing processes. Hence, the entire ecosystem we spoke about earlier comes into scope and is again applicable.

Audits and assessments give us ample opportunities for finding the shortfalls in the system against the current business needs or prevailing conditions, thus enabling us to focus on the new improvement aspects. The shortfalls are addressed by taking corrective actions that enable improving the existing agile testing environments. This never ending journey helps organizations keep on their toes and motivate them for making continuous improvements to their process according to the changing demand scenarios created by their customers. These changes and improvements help come up with better, and user friendly features that make the product more popular and stable, thereby bringing about a much desired increase in the demand.

Organizations that try to follow and implement these 5 steps to improve their agile test maturity will definitely see a marked positive impact in their business outcomes.

If you are a large organization trying to implement an Agile test automation strategy, contact Gallop’s team of test automation experts. Our tool agnostic test automation framework consists of a huge library of keywords that help you build your tests quickly and efficiently, and seamlessly integrate with leading commercial and open source tools.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.