The IT team at Aritzia was using isolated spreadsheets to manage testing for multiple business and vendor-driven change projects, ranging from SAP enhancement pack upgrades to new interfacing application deployments.
Testing spreadsheets were shared and co-managed by IT professionals and functional end-users at multiple locations.
Discrete spreadsheets used for test management were not only time-consuming to share and populate with data, they also became un-scalable as the team grew and more systems needed to be tested for each change.
In addition, reutilizing test scenarios depended on key users’ quality of input. Finally, as spreadsheets were managed and maintained on a per-project basis, there was no central visibility into overall testing coverage and methodology. “As projects discontinued, testing spreadsheets were also disconnected as there was no central hub,” says RJ Caswell, Director of Business Applications at Aritzia.
“Auditing our test results or trying to review our overall test coverage was very much like looking for a needle in a haystack,” he adds.