ERP implementations can be stressful, even for experienced technical consultants and IT leaders. This is because ERP implementation projects are typically large,...
ERP implementations can be stressful, even for experienced technical consultants and IT leaders.
This is because ERP implementation projects are typically large, expansive initiatives that can reinvent, streamline, and simplify how an organization handles its internal operations—from people management to finance and beyond.
However, these projects are also full of risks. They come with high price tags, the need for collaboration across the enterprise, and the potential for misconfigurations, defects, and bugs that hamper the roll-out, adoption, and ROI of the new system.
These are the reasons why it is so important to have a comprehensive and organized ERP test plan that is informed by today’s best practices and leverages industry-leading test management tools.
If you are about to embark on your own ERP implementation and want to ensure your ERP test plan is up to the task, then read on for tips your team needs to consider.
Although every team approaches their software testing with their own terminology and templates, ERP test plans generally involve three distinct phases:
This phase sets the foundation for a strong testing effort, including identifying the test cases to be run and the QA professionals and end users to be involved in executing the ERP test plan.
Key tasks of this phase include:
As the name implies, this phase involves the execution of the manual or automated test cases per the test plan. As test cases are completed, testers log defects and record successful tests, and test managers track the overall status of the testing efforts.
While testing is a critical, and sometimes stressful phase of the test plan, it’s important to remember that:
Testing is important, but it can also be fun! Don’t stress too much about the results of tests, but instead focus on gathering the information you need to make the product better in the long run.
After the completion of the testing efforts, the test manager will coordinate the:
Because of the complexity and size of ERP implementations, these testing phases will repeat several times until the necessary tests have been completed.
Do you want to go beyond the basics and elevate the effectiveness and efficiency of your ERP test plan? The TestMonitor team has compiled a list of five tips that will help you do just that:
Find the right mix of testers, including end users to evaluate usability and functionality and QA professionals who know all the software testing types and approaches you intend to execute.
Launching your ERP system before it is fully tested can lead to implementation failure. It may be tempting to move a project forward before an element is tested, but the future functionality and adoption of a system can be irrevocably harmed.
A modern test management platform can not only reduce the administrative burden of software testing, but also elevate the collaboration, organization, and visibility of your testing. With a leading platform, you can develop test cases, create custom portals for testers, and more, making it well worth the investment.
You might be tempted to have a development team member wear more than one hat. However, QA managers bring the professionalism, experience, and insights needed to help your organization avoid common mistakes and perform comprehensive testing.
Don’t assume that tests don’t need to be run based on previous results or even gut feelings. Make sure to include the full range of functional and non-functional testing in your ERP plan, including UAT, security, performance, and integration testing.
Software testing can be a complex and time-consuming process. However, the rewards of implementing a final product that delivers for your customers and achieves business requirements are hard to quantify.
Although we cannot promise an entirely smooth ERP testing process, we do know that the tips in this post—and guidance you’ll find in our other resource, A Definitive Guide for Software Testing in ERP Implementation—are sure to give your team the leg it up they need to cross the finish line strong.