Many organizations are seeing tremendous benefits in moving to one of the various test-first methodologies such as Test Driven Development (TDD), Behavior Driven Development (BDD) or Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD). Test-first approaches improve team communication effectiveness, dramatically shorten feedback cycles and get testing activities working in parallel with development versus happening after development is complete. While we believe in the value of these methodologies, sometimes teams and organizations aren’t able to fully dive into them for a number of reasons. Regardless, teams can still see tremendous improvements even without wholesale adoption of “formalized” test-first methodologies. This blog post will help you formulate ideas to improve your testing activities and push them earlier, even without adopting a full-up methodology. All testing activities benefit from earlier collaboration with the team; however, functional user interface automation has some specific benefits that come out of early, effective collaboration.