How to Cut Test Case Design Cycles from 5 Days per Sprint to 1

by February 23, 2018

Yes, You Can Cut Script Creation Time by as Much as 70%

Just like all other companies, financial institutions face new and increasing challenges keeping pace in a rapidly evolving global economy. Perhaps nowhere is this more pressing than in software development, where the need to improve the Test Case Design and overall testing process cycle for that matter is complicated by legacy systems and procedures that clash with limited resources and customers’ expectations of flawless, instant service.

The Rewards of Overcoming Test Case Design Challenges

Is it possible to cut down some of the time-and-labor-intensive test case design and other testing tasks to mere slivers of their former selves and still produce a correctly working product? Can test case design and test script creation take less time per sprint and less time overall?

The answer is yes, and although we would be the first ones to say this, it is always gratifying to read confirmations from clients out there in the world, who have chosen to work with CA Agile Requirements Designer to solve these exact problems and improve their procedures in different ways.

Recently, a couple of reviews were posted on the online tech site IT Central Station, that described just how CA Agile Requirements Designer helped a large financial services company cut test case design and test script creation time by 70%.

The reviewers pointed out how they had set out to convert their manual script test process to model-based, and in doing so, were able to achieve a 70% reduction in test case design and test script creation time, going from five days per sprint to one day. But there is more here than just a time advantage. By shifting out of manual testing, companies – in any industry – get to eliminate many of the inefficiencies aligned with modeling challenges, especially the lack of test automation, proper test case design, and the human factor.

Of excellent value to users is co-monitorial modeling, which reduces the number of scripts needed to execute to get complete coverage. Traceability, from requirements through test cases, has also been identified as being of immense value since legacy systems often leave no straightforward way to find out if a change has been introduced during a sprint cycle and then fix it in a fast and efficient manner.

Gains Beyond the “Mechanical Benefits”

In addition to the mechanical benefits, the CA Agile Requirements Designer solution also helps the human side of the business.

It fits well into a DevOps and Agile team mindset and evolves to help teams and individuals get solutions to the marketplace faster. People become better able to think regarding creating models instead of writing scripts.

Secondly, there is the expertise-sharing concept. One of the challenges in writing manual test scripts is the steep learning curve that keeps newer employees separated from the experienced ones. CA Agile Requirements Designer helps remove the skills gap by taking care of some of the old-school legwork. Once the requirements are entered into the model diagram, the tool automatically generates the test cases, removing the time-consuming activity of constructing – or learning to construct them – manually. Thus, improving test case design efficiency.

Furthermore, the CA Agile Requirements Designer acts as a storehouse to keep all the requirements in, and more importantly, keeps everyone – in development, testing, business writing – on the same page, referring to the same functionality. Having a black and white copy of how the processes are flowing through the system, eliminates disagreement and delay over what is happening and what is not happening.

Why Automating Test Case Design Tasks Matter

Of interest to teams is how the CA Agile Requirements Designer automatically creates your initial models, test cases and scripts, shortening the review cycle, and massively reducing regression testing timelines in response to changes in requirements.  Test case design and test script generation is a sore point in DevOps, since many organizations tend to either over-test, under-test, or test within too narrow a band, providing an incomplete data set.

When we see reviews that are posted by real QA managers who are interested in sharing their experiences with our product, we take them seriously. It is gratifying to observe the reasons why they purchased the solution and their observations in its usage. We also take note of any feature requests and improvement requests that they make, since that helps us make the CA Agile Requirements Designer product even more relevant.

Of particular interest is the frequency by which the reviewers mention the extensive support provided by the CA team during installation and usage. They acknowledge that such involvement by the vendor is critical to a successful initial deployment of the solution as well as expanding their comfort and awareness of its many features over time.

With companies facing shrinking budgets and timelines, there is no room anymore for the types of manual processes that went into test case design and test script creation in years past.

To read the reviews for yourself, visit IT Central Station at:

In The First Year, We Saw About A 70% Reduction In Our Script Creation Time

The Scale Possibilities Are Endless, Especially When Combined With All The Other Products That CA Has To Offer

 

CA offers comprehensive solutions that automates the most difficult testing activities – from requirements engineering through test design automation and optimization. Start your Free Trial of CA Agile Requirements Designer today and fast track your Testing at the speed of agile.