If you don’t know the starting point, directions are useless. For that matter, unless the goal is defined, the directions could take you to the wrong place. Any roadmap for test automation will lack context – the things that make your organization different or unique. The roadmaps for test automation are the problem. Instead of a road to what to do, this article takes a step back and looks at the ingredients most organizations need to be successful, then helps you look internally conducting a self-assessment to plot your path to success.