What do you want from Workday? Maximum value. How can you ensure an optimized system that your team uses to its full potential? There’s many answers to this, but integral to all of them will be testing. Like any system for HR or finance, Workday requires rigorous testing right from the time of implementation. With intricate frameworks and frequent updates, Workday testing strategies needs to be meticulous yet efficient.

Over the past few years, we’ve lent our support and expertise on Workday testing strategies to several companies, and our recommendation has always been to formulate a high-level plan. But how do you go about it? Here are our recommendations:

1. Form a testing team

Those in charge of your Workday testing need to be experts in their individual task areas. This means that they should be able to clearly define the roles for each aspect of testing. Each member should be aware of their responsibilities and their specific part clearly assigned. The accountability breeds ownership and ensures that important steps aren’t overlooked.

2. Have a leader

There’s no getting around the fact that each new feature needs to be thoroughly tested, whether you’re testing with automation or manually. If you are doing this manually, you will need a testing lead to oversee the process from start to finish – creating a testing plan and managing the test team to recording pass and fail results.

3. Start small, at first

Keep your Workday testing team limited to just a few crucial but capable people when you start testing. This will allow you to smooth over any kinks and issues that crop up, letting you rethink and tweak your Workday testing strategies as you learn what you need and what you should avoid. Once the core team is comfortable and familiar with the system, it can be introduced with more confidence to a larger team who can lean on their predecessors for problem-solving.

4. Make a plan

Your testing team should be introduced and interacting with Workday, its systems and framework from day one of implementation. A good understanding of how the system works and the ways in which it can benefit the organisation goes a long way on planning out the regular Workday Testing Strategies.

5. Consider automated testing

Take the apprehension out of manual testing by allowing an automated testing framework take care of all your testing requirements. Rapid IT-Cloudbera’s Genie tests updates from start to finish. It runs in the background without interrupting ongoing processes and requires 70% fewer resources than manual testing, with 90% more accuracy and 80% lower costs.

6. Set success goals

Be clear about the expectations so that you know when you have met them during the testing process. For this, you need to have some clear definitions of what testing success is. In a particular category, count the defects that occur and their type. Your standard should accommodate (or not) only a certain number of defects in their specific type which you decide on – such as high, medium and minor level. For example, you may want no “high level” defects, but accept a few “medium” and “minor” ones.

7. Make reports

Implementing Workday is a huge investment for an organization, one that high level management and shareholders will be keen to see being a success. Keeping track of the progress being made from using the system, testing strategies and deploying regular updates does well to letting stakeholders know that everything is going in the right direction. It’s also a good idea to track your issues with the software while the testing is underway so that processes are set for future testing scenarios in which errors crop up.

You can take a hassle out of manual testing all together with Genie and, in addition to this, you can get both implementation and ongoing maintenance. Workday experts will be there to give you all the help you need during and after the testing. The whole process is simplified and any questions or issues that crop up are dealt with swiftly with no interference in your day-to-day workings.