A proof of concept (POC) is a demonstration, the purpose of which is to verify that certain concepts or theories have the potential for real-world application. POC is therefore a prototype that is designed to determine feasibility, but does not represent deliverables.
A POC is a definite way to authenticate a business idea/concept in the real-world environment. It demonstrates how automation works on the “selected process” and the many benefits that it can bring to a business in the long run.
Outline the goals of the POC and determine criteria for success. Only upon confirmation of the goals and success criteria can a team select the appropriate process(es) for a POC.
Use this phase to better understand the process(es) selected by observing it in action via both walkthroughs and a review of the documentation. A solid understanding of the current process is required to ensure the POC’s success.
Provision an environment to support a POC. In many cases, this is simply a laptop that has access to the appropriate test systems/test data along with an installed version of the automation software.
In most cases, the execution or actual development of the POC takes 1-2 business days. Be sure to record the automation once the development of the POC is complete so others can watch it as needed.
Demonstrate the completed automation to stakeholders. This also is a time to validate the success criteria and discuss next steps, including sharing the POC recording to generate interest and excitement about automation.