A significant proportion of “Test Related” costs* are associated with Test Environment and Data problems. These problems range from:
Poor Test Environment Requirements,
Test Environment Un-Readiness,
Test Environment Misconfiguration,
Test Environment Unsuitability,
Test Environment Inflexibility,
Test Environment Outages and
Test Environment Resource Contention
Note: Recent surveys by the TLConsulting Company have identified that most companies claimed that 20%-40% of total testing cost could be attributed to immature Test Environments and Test Data activity and/or issues.
In an attempt to address these issues, a focused and timely Test Environment Management (TEM) ability is necessary. That is, an ability that promotes the understanding of one's Environments and applies that knowledge, with appropriate mix of governance, technology and resource to provision and share environments based on business & project needs.
Niall Crawford (CIO) of TLConsulting (and previously a Test Environments & Configuration Management Practitioner) believes 8 key areas must be addressed as you evolve your TEM maturity, these are:
Environment Knowledge Management
Consistent Test Environment Requirements Definition
Environment Booking Process
Assessment & Approval Mechanisms
Planning & Release Procedures
Environments Invocation (Lab & Datacenter Orchestration)
Environments Service Management
Further “deep dive” information of each of these areas can be provided through the “Test Environments Blueprint” ©TLConsulting, a blueprint designed by to help people visualize the key areas of focus when developing a model to address the Test Environment Needs of a major enterprise.
About TLConsulting :
TLConsulting is a leading provider of Testing Logistics Solutions (including Test Environment Management
, Test Data Management, Harnessing and Test Lab Operations), Technical Testing Solutions (i.e. Performance Testing, Infrastructure, Security, SOA & Test Automation) & Senior Test Consulting Strategy. TLConsulting provide top tier organisations with a range of services which enable significant improvements on quality, delivery and overall value.