Publishing Actions in ACCELQ opens the door to seamless collaboration and efficient automation across multiple projects. To make the most of this powerful feature, it's essential to follow best practices that ensure your published Actions are user-friendly, dependable, and contribute positively to your organization's automation efforts. In this article, we'll explore the key best practices for publishing Actions in ACCELQ.
When publishing an Action, ensure its purpose is crystal clear. Define what the Action accomplishes and what users can expect from it. Clear descriptions of the published Actions help other teams understand how to utilize the Action effectively. This description should be clear to explain when/where this Action is to be used and what will be the destination state of the Application when the execution completes.
Consistent Parameter Names
Maintain consistency in parameter names to enhance user experience. Ensure that parameter names are intuitive and align with their purpose without revealing internal logic. Coordinate with subscribing Projects if changes to parameter names are required.
Minimize External Dependencies
Published Actions should be as self-sufficient as possible. Minimize dependencies on resources from subscribed Projects. If you are using Global Properties, ensure that the default value is reliably effective for many different subscriber Projects. If the Action logic uses Execution Parameters, be sure to document. But it is best to avoid such dependencies as much as possible.
Implement version control practices to keep track of changes made to your published Actions. Communicate changes effectively to subscribing Projects to prevent disruptions. Users should be aware of any updates and how they might affect their automation. Avoid frequent check-ins.
Rigorously test your published Actions to ensure they function as intended. Verify their performance in different scenarios. Testing should also be performed within the context of subscribing Projects to identify and resolve any potential issues early on.
Communication and Collaboration
Maintain open lines of communication with subscribing Projects. Collaborate on changes and enhancements while respecting the encapsulation of your Action's logic. Be responsive to inquiries and support requests from other teams to foster a collaborative environment.
By following these best practices, you can ensure that your published Actions contribute positively to cross-project asset sharing in ACCELQ. These practices not only promote efficient collaboration but also help maintain the security and encapsulation of your Action's logic.