Workday 2020 Release 2 is around the corner and it’s essential to have a strategy in place to cruise through five weeks of testing with minimal disruption. To get the most out of 2020 R2, it will be beneficial to review all new features and “opt in” and enable ones that will improve your business flow.
Below are a few simple steps to help flawlessly plan your organization’s release testing.


Plan ahead for the features that will be opted-in as part of the release by reviewing the notes for Workday 2020 Release 2. Schedule release review sessions to include your training teams (both US and Global) that will be an integral part of the five-week testing window. Each team should be ready to schedule necessary training and prepare/update pertinent materials to ensure testing readiness.


Identify the importance of your testing tasks and order them accordingly. For example, the testing that is most important to your organization will involve processes that affect the day-to-day operations. Think about functions that are critical to core business such as processes related to security and finance. These would be considered the most crucial areas of focus in your testing schedule.

After accounting for these tests, you can focus on feature updates that will impact other aspects of Workday in your current usage as well as new functionality that could help improve your operations.


Team Norming identifies key testing resources from both local and international teams. Each testing team member should be keenly aware of their responsibilities and the timelines they have to adhere to—as well as how to escalate any issues—in order for testing to go smoothly. At this point, expectations have been set and collaboration should be in full swing.


Build is the core foundation for your testing team. Your in-depth plan should address every aspect of testing and responsibilities for the entire testing team. This plan must include a timeline for each task that needs to be prepared, implemented, completed, and checked. Once you have a detailed test plan ready, share it with stakeholders and get everyone on board before proceeding. In anticipation of the occasional set-back, don’t forget to factor in a time cushion should something not go as planned. In the event this happens, you will need additional hours for retesting and investigation. Don’t allow small bumps in the road to impede your progess: resolve it and move on.


Execute each test according to a required and specific set of data (also called a test script) so that the tester is fully prepared. For example, this data will include everything that is needed to perform the test: a description of the test, the tester or staff members in charge and involved, instructions on implementing the test, and what results are expected. These guides will make it much simpler for your testing team.


Automation helps to minimize labor-intensive manual testing efforts by allowing you to run thousands of test cases in matter of hours versus days. Automation reduces the potential for human error, improves accuracy, and provides in-depth reporting. Manual testing requires your staff’s full attention, which interrupts their vital day-to-day tasks, whereas automation frees up these resources. Testing does not interfere in any way with ongoing processes as it is conducted independently, allowing normal business operations to proceed without disruption.

During the latest Workday release, Genie™ helped our teams to focus on the test results rather than just building the test cases and running them manually. While testing the latest Workday release, our testers were able to save up to 15 hours individually thanks to Genie!

Josh Campbell, Senior Manager HRIS for Varex Imaging

Genie™ can seamlessly assist in automating all your Workday regression/release testing. Look to RapidIT-CloudBera, a Workday Access Partner, to help your organization with Workday regression/release testing, phase 2 roll-out, and support.