The Fast and Functional- Ways to Accelerate Test Automation
Today, technology by itself isn’t the need of the hour. Delivering solutions at the right time is the real game changer. Keeping that in mind, most of the industry has already taken steps to fasten this process: embracing agile development, automating the delivery pipeline, etc. However, this isn’t enough. Business demands more software ever so often and needs it to be made available as fast as possible. So, what can be done to live up to the market’s ever-changing expectations concerning solutions and the time-to-market?
A study conducted by SQS revealed that 56% of defects originated during the requirement phase of the project. This being an incredibly high percentage, led to the adoption of the shift-left model. This approach focuses on quality from the very beginning of the project. As a result, it leads to an improvement in the ability to detect and rectify defects as and when they occur. In turn, all this results in reducing time-to-market.
Even though this doesn’t seem necessary and not a day-to-day priority, keeping your tests organized will help streamline and speed up the process for you in the future. Keep your test cases clean and reusable and automate features at the unit level. Following good test management methods is essential. Further on, securing accurate data, and maintaining clean automation reports will make it easier for your team to run tests whenever required.
Automate the Right Way
It is common knowledge that automating tests makes things exponentially faster and simple. However, not many seem to be aware that automating the wrong test cases slows down the progress. Exploratory testing is required for new test cases and doing it at the beginning itself will save you the headache of going back and doing it later after you’ve already tried to automate it. Therefore, before you start running them, understanding the best cases to automate will prevent you from wasting time.
Adopting script-less automation will allow you to take advantage of your existing functional testers by not making them learn new scripting languages, thereby speeding up the process. Script-less automation tools will help you leverage your existing domain experts.
Using Parallel Testing
Automation gets the required boost with parallel testing, as it allows different tests to run simultaneously. If you can understand the importance of the same tests across devices, multiple browsers, and operating systems, you can also see the benefit of doing this all at once with parallel testing rather than running the script repeatedly on different configurations.
Balancing quality and speed isn’t something that happens overnight, it’s something you will learn better along the way. The strategies mentioned above will help you in working towards faster test automation.
Author: Monica Paul