Most QA organizations have test automation as a subset of their overall testing team. The majority of testers have a manual testing role, but interface with their test automation counterparts. To this extent, the processes for the QA/Testing department have largely been defined and the test automation team must fit within this structure. The prevailing issue is that test automation work and deliverables does not always fit perfectly into a defined manual testing process.
We will explore the range of activities that a test automation professional must do to be successful. This includes understanding development standards for controls and objects, structuring the tests for modularity and flexibility, and eliminating the manual efforts for the same testing function. We will also review the revisions required to a typical V-model testing process to fuse in the test automation work. This may also require some changes to the manual testing process, specifically in the overall Test Plan and down to the Test Case level.