Don’t let your Automation Project Fail

Sajitha Pathirana
6 min readSep 14, 2023

In recent years, automation has become a crucial aspect of software testing, promising increased efficiency and accuracy. However, many organisations still struggle to achieve successful automation projects. In this article, we will explore the most common automation failures and provide strategies to avoid them. By understanding these pitfalls and implementing the right approach, you can ensure the success of your automation initiatives.

Don’t let your Automation Project Fail

Expecting 100% Coverage from Automated Tests

One common misconception is the belief that every test can be automated and achieve 100% test coverage. While automation can certainly enhance test coverage, it is unrealistic to expect complete automation for every aspect of a software product. Not all tests are suitable for automation and attempting to automate everything can be time-consuming and costly.

Instead of aiming for 100% automation, it is essential to prioritize tests based on their Return on Investment (ROI). Focus on automating critical and high-ROI tests that provide the most value. This approach allows you to allocate your resources effectively and achieve the maximum benefits of automation.

Not Setting Clear Objectives of Automated Testing

Without clear objectives, an automation project is destined for failure. Setting success metrics and defining project objectives are vital to ensure alignment and measure progress. Automation projects should align with the overall objectives of the organization and contribute to the success of the product.

Managers often prioritize revenue-generating activities over automation, considering it a secondary concern. However, automation can significantly impact product quality, efficiency, and customer satisfaction. By setting clear objectives and communicating their importance, you can secure the necessary support and resources for your automation project.

Inadequate Resource Planning

Proper resource planning is essential for the success of any automation project. Without sufficient resources, the project is likely to face delays, inefficiencies, and subpar results. Resource planning involves identifying the required skill…

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Sajitha Pathirana

A Test automation enthusiast, passionate to help the teams to enhance their testing journey with his decade of experience in the field.