10 Elements of a Successful Testing Strategy

  • by Laura Casasanto, Former Managing Editor
  • June 2, 2010
Management
Formalizing your testing strategy will go a long way toward ensuring that issues and enhancements are dealt with quickly and at minimal cost. Nathan Sharp of Siemens shares 10 key elements of a successful testing strategy.

Keeping an SAP project on time is a difficult endeavor, typically with last-minute enhancements, resource constraints, and technical issues threatening to delay completion. In many situations, testing becomes an afterthought — completed hastily and without sufficient rigor.

One of the dangers of haphazard testing is that issues escape notice long enough to cause larger problems down the road. Without an extensive formal testing strategy, your project can end up costing much more than initially thought, says Nathan Sharp, project management specialist at Siemens. “The earlier an issue is found, the cheaper it is to fix it,” he says.

Siemens relies on a highly formalized testing process to ensure that projects are ready for go-live. As part of an internally-developed IT methodology called PM4Energy, the Siemens testing strategy is now firmly entrenched in all SAP initiatives (Figure 1).

Figure 1
The PM4Energy methodology

Note
Nathan will be presenting at the upcoming SAPinsider Managing Your SAP Projects 2016 conference, November 2-4 in Orlando. For information on the event, click here.

Laura Casasanto

Laura Casasanto is a technical editor who served as the managing editor of SCM Expert and Project Expert.

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