Metrics To Measure Test Automation Success

Test automation has come a long way and will still be an integral part of the rapid delivery of software products and services across the business domain. Without the capability to test and release changes rapidly, an organization could face an existential crisis. We bring to you some of the key measures that can determine the success of a good automation project.

Let’s have a look -

Defect count: Number of defects detected using test automation suite.

Test misses: Number of defects leaked to later phases because of misses reported by test automation suite. The lower, the better. It should be zero all the time.

Manual effort saving: Total effort saved because of test automation execution.

Reduction in costs: This is the net savings calculated as (overall testing costs before test automation) — (overall testing costs after test automation which includes manual testing costs + test automation implementation costs + maintenance costs).

Reduction in test cycle time: Number of days reduced in the overall testing cycle as a result of automation.

Test automation ratio: This is the number of tests run in an automated fashion/Total number of tests executed. The higher the number, the better it is.

Testing effort at end-to-end level vs. unit test level: This is the overall test effort and costs at end-to-end integration and the sum of unit test costs at earlier phases. This should reduce.

Compatibility across platforms: This is the ability of test automation scripts to run across platforms, operating systems, and browsers. Other benefits exist as well. However, a strong baselining exercise is needed for efficient benefit realization tracking.

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