60: Kalyana Rao Konda: How to Create a Successful Test Automation Strategy

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How to Create a Successful Test Automation Strategy

Do you work for a large enterprise company and are struggling to create an automation strategy that will meet all the needs of your company? Want to know what the number one factor people forget when getting started with test automation?

In this episode we're going to pick the brain of Kalayana Rao Konda, President of Gallop — one of the largest companies that specialize in providing testing services. Kalyan shares with us his deep insight gleaned from his years of automation experience, as well as his company’s extensive experience implementing hundreds of successful automation efforts around the world. You will discover what it takes to implement your own successful test automation strategy.


About Kalyana 


Kalyan is the President and Business Head at Gallop Solutions. He leads Gallop to consistently exceed customer expectations through technically superior software testing services.

In the last 15 years he has tested, managed, lead, architected, delivered best of the breed testing services to global enterprises and independent software vendors across the verticals. This includes offshore, onshore, hybrid models of global delivery spanning T&M, fixed , outcome based delivery models.

He has handled customer projects of diverse complexities creating business value and profitability.

He has strong expertise in Agile, Test Driven Development, Waterfall models. He has conceptualized, defined, customized, rolled out world class global testing service delivery methodologies of global repute. Kalyan has a rare mix of high technical understanding with a pragmatic approach to software service delivery.

His portfolio spans test automation and management, test process establishment, application risk analysis, test design, managing outsourced testing projects. He focusses on Performance, Mobility, Security testing services to help meet tomorrow’s global business needs. He is a proponent of leveraging Cloud Computing and Testing as a Service (TaaS) delivery models for value addition to the clients. He is a thought leader, hands on expert in building large scale test automation suites, executing and maintain them.

Kalyan’s expertise transcends Commercial, Open source, In-house built test automation tools helping customers accelerate their entire software test cycle.

Quotes & Insights from this Test Talk

  • I would say that some of the things that we are seeing in the marketplace is that one thing is that really, people approach test automation more of a technical aspect, and they actually forget the business side of it.
  • We often also see, especially in large product development companies and also in large enterprises like banks, insurance and healthcare, these kind of companies is that lot of these companies, they’re sort of organized in business units by product development groups and things like that. So what often results in is that everybody sort of automatically in their own way and using different set of tools and probably not really consistent in the way that they’re doing things.
  • Before automating anything make sure to look at the product roadmap.
  • Start with the end goal in mind and a programming language is not the goal at the end of it, right. The end goal is basically be able to automate as many tests we can and then ability to build them quickly and be able to – ability to run them often.
  • One more thing that we are also seeing in the marketplace is that the whole test automation is more like an afterthought. This is one of the biggest causes of an automaton effort failing.
  • One thing that I would like to tell is that a lot of people are approaching test automation as a more of a technical topic. I would like to say that you have to really approach it as a combination of business and technology. If you do that, we would have a larger business sponsorship within the companies.


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