How to Run Successful Proof of Concept Testing in QA Automation

How to Run Successful Proof of Concept Testing in QA Automation

Proof of concept testing for the QA automation process can be a complicated task. But when it is done right, a QA team can have valuable insights for future efficient work and excellent results. It can determine when automated testing is more effective than manual or help in testing proof of concept before further development. Cprime Studios has expertise in various cases and will share the best practices in this article.

When We Need Proof of Concept Testing in QA

What is proof of concept testing in QA, and when do we need it? Proof of concept in automation testing is critical for decision-making and choosing the proper testing tools by QA teams.

Let's look at a primary case of implementing the testing phase for the DevOps cycle. Testers can run manual or automated tests to ensure the correct working of developed solutions. Nowadays, the focus has shifted to automated testing, while in some cases, it is still more effective to run manual tests. The QA testing team needs to consider various aspects, and one of the most important is choosing the right automation tools. Here is where we need POC in testing.

Proof of concept in QA can be helpful to:

  • Define the best tool for the type of tested application
  • Define the difference between manual and automated testing with regards to the quality of results
  • Calculate how much can be saved with automated testing
  • Estimate ROI from automated testing
  • Determine what can be tested manually and what not

At this point, we are focused mainly on the necessary proof of concept test for QA automation. But how can it be useful for business owners?

First, it is an excellent way for investors to evaluate the project they will invest in. Also, it helps to decide on an automated solution and save money with appropriate tools in many cases.

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How to Implement Proof of Concept in Automated Testing

After you have determined proof of concept testing in QA and how it can benefit your decision-making process, you can look through a step-by-step guide to launching it.

Decide on the Goals of the Proof of Concept

You need to start with measurable goals and be transparent with the expected test results. You also can use this stage for formulating the hypothesis you are going to test. You can have various goals for the proof of concept phase implementation, such as defining time you can save with automated testing or defining an automation framework that will work for your case. Your team also needs to know the benchmark. It will help later to compare the results with starting positions.

Identify the Scope of Proof of Concept Tests

There is no need to cover all the tests, but you need to define which one will be the most important for this process. You can also base your solution for proof of concept testing on the following characteristics:

  1. Duration of the project
  2. Regression test duration
  3. Stability of system
  4. Complexity of system

Choose the Right Tools

It can be one tool or a few of them. The most appropriate tool for testing will depend on the team skills, technology stack, basic functionality and the ability to reuse tests. Also, you need to analyze the license and what support you will get with each tool.

Run the Test

At this stage, some essential requirements will make your automation test more successful. You need to have at least one test that will fail (and you know that it should fail). Also, if there are any limitations in testing, you need to document it very carefully. And finally, try to apply changes to the system and look at how it works.

Results Assessment

At this final stage of proof of concept testing in QA, you will need to analyze your results and present them to stakeholders. Your results need to be related to the goal section, compare used tools, define the areas of QA testing that can not be automated and outline timeframes for the tests.

The proof of concept testing process can also have three possible results based on the tools solution:

  • Selected devices match the project requirements
  • Tools do not meet the requirements
  • Tools partially meet the requirements

How to Test Proof of Concept

Proof of concept in software development has a lot of meanings. But in this text, we define only POC for QA testing. Also, we need to determine possible ways to test if our proof of concept for QA is valid and can be used for further development or not.

There are three common approaches to testing the concept:

  1. Explore. This concept is based on implementing ethnographic research methods (such as interviews, surveys or field research). If you use this approach, you need to know user expectations. This method is usually applied in the beginning stages when the team discusses different ideas for testing concepts.
  2. Pitch. This concept can be used in the middle stage of development. You can give your clients minimum viable products (MVPs) to test what concept will work best.
  3. Real test. In this case, a small group of users will test your tool and give you feedback on how it works.

These approaches are applicable for testing the proof of concept in the QA stage.

What to Consider for Successful Proof of Concept Testing

The last point we need to focus on is how to make your proof of concept in the testing process successful.

First, you need to outline the timeframe for testing runs. In most cases, the test can be run in one or two days, but each situation should be analyzed separately. It is better to have a short period as the process engages all stakeholders. It is also an excellent time to plan the whole development cycle.

Also, focus on software, not integration. Use as much actual data as possible, and consider "hard" and "soft" requirements.

Remember that you will present this proof of concept in testing for stakeholders and possibly have additional questions. Here is what you need to put into your presentation:

  1. How much manual effort is being put into testing, what challenges does manual testing face and how it can be improved with automated testing.
  2. Explain tool selection based on proof of concept.
  3. Show how much testing time will be reduced.
  4. How the goals will be achieved with selected testing tools.

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Proof of concept testing is vital for choosing the right tools and evaluating the hypotheses of possible solutions. The testing process is quite simple, but you still need to be clear with your goals, objectives, running tests, tools and results evaluations.

Cprime Studios team offers professional support for testing the proof of concept for QA. We can also check if your proof of concept is valuable for your defined goals in automation testing. To discuss your case, you should contact our specialists.