New Telerik Survey: Success and Failure with UI Test Automation Pilot Projects

1,000 IT Professionals Discuss Both the Success and Failure of First-Time Experience with Test Automation

WALTHAM, Mass.--()--Telerik® today announced the results of its latest industry survey discussing user experience with UI test automation pilot projects. Conducted between August 1 and September 10, 2014, 1,000 IT decision makers were polled to determine why UI test automation projects can succeed and fail. To learn more, join us for the webinar, “The One Critical Factor for UI Test Automation Success,” taking place on Thursday, December 4 at 11:00a.m. ET. To register, click here. To download the full survey report, “The Unexpected Truth about UI Test Automation Pilot Projects,” click here.

This survey was conducted to ascertain a better understanding of what it takes to be successful in UI test automation. Initial findings reveal that while there are many benefits to test automation – less time on regression testing, more time for new testing activities and fewer overall bugs, test automation is far from easy. Testing requires collaboration from both testers and the development team and when that collaboration is lacking, test automation is more likely to fail.

“UI test automation is by far the hardest test domain in which to work. Successful teams realize their best chance is strong, honest collaboration between all team members,” said Jim Holmes, Vice President, ALM and Testing, Falafel Software. “Teams with strong collaboration empower and expect testers and developers to work closely together. The results speak for themselves. A message that is clearly reinforced in the Telerik survey.”

Survey Highlights:

  • UI test automation projects are more successful when the development team is directly involved (33 percent).
  • Risk of failure is increased by 50 percent when development is not involved in the test automation process.
  • When asked what were considered benefits of UI test automation, those surveyed noted less time spent on regression testing, more time for new testing activities and fewer bugs found during production.
  • 42 percent cited complex, unintuitive test automation tools as a reason for failure. In fact, 21 percent admitted their current tools are difficult to use and 14 percent acknowledged dissatisfaction with their current test automation tools.
  • 72 percent of companies that failed during initial UI automation test projects did not try again for more than two years and of those who tried again, only a minority were eventually successful.

“The results of our new study, give credence to the reality faced by today’s testers and developer teams – collaboration breeds success,” said Aaron Mahimainathan, Chief Product Officer, Telerik. “Ultimately, test automation does not require the need to work harder, but smarter. Companies like Telerik are here to help them do exactly that through easy-to-use intuitive tools and best practices built upon more than a decade of experience.”

Telerik was launched more than a decade ago by developers for developers. Telerik is dedicated to making the lives of developers easier, faster, more productive and creative. The survey was available to both the general public and users of Telerik tools and technologies.

For more information on the survey findings, please click here. For more information on Telerik, go to and for more information on TelerikNEXT, the global developer gathering, May 3-5, 2015, Boston MA, click here.

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Release Summary

Telerik® today announced the results of its latest industry survey discussing user experience with UI test automation pilot projects.


Telerik Inc.
Erica Burns, 888-365-2779 #154