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Advancing engineering enablement with Automated ATDD

Automated Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) is the catalyst for effective engineering enablement. A primary advantage is shifting the quality focus far left in the development process. By capturing requirements and tests simultaneously, Automated ATDD eliminates the need for after-the-fact quality assurance, fostering continuous collaboration and improvement. CGI’s SimpliTest supports a full shift-left from intake and ideation to production maintenance and support.

We apply our deep expertise in quality engineering and testing to help you advance your quality engineering (QE) end-state. Our CGI SimpliTest test automation solution helps us reinforce your QE processes. We also offer advisory services around engineering enablement, quality engineering, quality automation, DevSecOps, continuous integration/continuous development (CI/CD) pipeline, and training and upskilling.

Labor hours and US$1 million cost savings in first year
Improvement in cycle time
Of upskilled engineers, shifting from functional testing to QE automation

Moving to an automation-first testing approach requires breaking down silos, prioritizing quality, unifying requirements and tests, and fostering cross-functional collaboration.

CGI’s SimpliTest facilitates this move. It is an Automated ATDD-focused turnkey toolset with reusable frameworks, middleware and low-code/no-code automation. This includes reusable step definitions, a canvas for model-based test design and customizable HTML reports. Key solution advantages of CGI's SimpliTest solution include shift-left adoption, seamless application life cycle management (ALM) integration, self-service testing and a canvas for model-based test design.

Shift-left adoption

Artificial intelligence (AI) enabled Automated ATDD and Behavior Driven Development (BDD) frameworks accelerate shift-left adoption. BDD refocuses and shifts testing even further left. CGI’s SimpliTest BDD framework enables multi-technology support across web, application program interface (API), database and extract, transform, and load (ETL) testing, as well as parallel and cross-browser testing.

Seamless application life cycle management (ALM) integration

CGI’s SimpliTest is DevSecOps-enabled and seamlessly integrates with existing ALM tools, including Jenkins, Jira, Azure, ServiceNow and GitHub, facilitating collaboration in a continuous integration/continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline. This allows for rapid DevSecOps environment implementations and becomes a valuable catalyst for accelerated, quality outcomes.

Self-service testing

Reusable frameworks eliminate the need for coding, so testing can be handed over to product owners. This shift enables built-in quality practices, accelerating time to market with improved product quality while reducing risk, technical debt and defects.

Canvas for model-based test design

Quality assurance (QA) involvement belongs at the beginning of the discovery stage. It forces testability into the product design and finds design and specification bugs before the code even exists. As part of a continuous testing strategy, CGI’s SimpliTest includes a feature-rich AI and machine learning (ML) enabled canvas to produce test cases and plans quickly.

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Adopting agile while improving quality

A large healthcare organization needed help to adopt agile methodologies while still gaining the benefits of improved quality. CGI implemented our quality engineering pivot program, including coaching and our test automation accelerator, CGI’s SimpliTest. The program shifted mindsets to built-in quality and increased automated user story testing efficiency by 23%.

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Move to quality engineering saves US$1 million

A top tier bank desired to move to quality engineering and a shift-left testing approach. A focus on BBD alone was not enough, CGI helped shift even farther left. As a result, the bank saved nearly 40,000 labor hours and US$1 million savings in 2023. In the next 10 years, they are projected to save 500,000 hours and over US$10 million.