Miracle Max, Agile Delivery, and User Acceptance Testing

Almost everybody I know has seen – and loves – the movie The Princess Bride. Release in 1987, it has withstood the test of time and is chock full of incredibly funny scenes that appeal to viewers of all ages. My favorite scene is the one involving Miracle Max, played by Billy Crystal, as he and his wife attempt to resuscitate the film’s hero, Wesley, who is “almost dead.” The 4-minute scene is absolutely hysterical and has some of the movie’s best lines. My favorite is “You rush a miracle man, you get rotten miracles.” But what does a retired miracle worker in a PG film have to do with accelerated and error-free innovation streams?

Agile delivery cycles are designed to design, build and roll out value-add functionality within very short timeframes, typically two weeks. That’s a lot to get done in a short amount of time, which is why these cycles focus on smaller, more discrete deliverables than those supported by the traditional waterfall methodology. The agile imperative, therefore, mandates efficient manual testing to validate pending innovations optimally. Yet one of the largest bottlenecks within Agile delivery cycles is manual user acceptance testing (Read all about What is UAT Testing in our blog) Business stakeholders must approve the newly built functionality before it gets deployed into production, and many organizations use manual testing tools that are older, inefficient, and acquired before Agile delivery was introduced.

Over the years, we at Panaya have seen a similar pattern across dozens of customers – that time pressures on manual testing efforts usually lead to poor testing results when testers – with inadequate tools – tend to skip details to stay on track. Nobody wants to be identified as the source of delayed initiatives, so these testers cut corners so as to not to delay matters. In short, “You rush a manual tester, you get rotten testing.” This leads to poor results and unidentified issues invariably slipping into production. For most companies, go-live errors are dreaded and, in theory, inconceivable.

Panaya Test Dynamix (TDx) works miracles for Agile delivery and DevOps. The platform provides differentiating ease of use and testing accelerators and is tightly integrated into platforms such as Jira, SAP ChaRM, and others. This allows projects to complete faster with no nasty surprises downstream. Just look on g2.com and see why we are rated the top Enterprise Test Management (ETM) platform on the market.

With TDx, Panaya customers take advantage of a powerful SaaS-based ETM that provides:

  • Auto-generated, audit-quality test evidence that saves 50%+ in testing time and effort.
  • Automated Rules that ensure data consistency, event-driven interoperabilities, and real-time alerts when something does not look right.
  • A built-in defect management platform that instantly captures the error screenshot and all steps to reproduce.
  • Actionable, real-time insights via built-in reporting and customizable dashboards keep all KPIs on track.

Panaya customers deploy innovation faster and safer. In today’s competitive marketplace and economic climate, that’s nothing short of a miracle.

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