APPLYING AUTOMATED TEST SOLUTIONS
Automated testing is a powerful tool that can streamline your testing processes, reduce costs, and boost efficiency. However, it's not a one-size-fits-all solution, and a well-thought-out approach is essential to reap its full benefits. In this blog post, we'll explore key strategies for successfully applying automated testing in your software development lifecycle.
1). ALLOCATE A SEPARATE BUDGET
To harness the potential of automated testing, consider it to be a distinct project with its own budget and don't lump performance testing automation with regression and functional automated testing solutions.
While they all use automated test tools, they demand different skill sets, resources, and infrastructure. For instance, a performance testing environment requires scalability, which isn't necessary for automated regression testing.
2). DEVELOP A MEASURABLE TEST STRATEGY
Define clear goals and the scope of your automated testing activities. Your strategy should provide measurable outcomes, so you can track your progress and assess the impact of automated testing on your project.
3). COMPARE TEST TOOLS
Not all automated testing tools are created equal, so before making a choice, conduct thorough test tool comparisons. It is best to perform a proof of concept on a number of different tools as the cheapest option may not provide the best value for money, and the most expensive one might not be the most suitable. Evaluate your options and select a tool that aligns with your requirements, budget, and the application you are developing the automated test scripts against.
4). REQUEST A TEST TOOL DEMONSTRATION
Don't assume that a vendor's tool demonstration on their laptop will work seamlessly with your system. Request a demo against your system under test to verify its compatibility and performance in your environment.
5). RESEARCH THE JOB MARKET
Check the availability and rates of technical resources with expertise in your chosen test tool. A cheaper, lesser-known tool can become more expensive if it lacks a pool of qualified and experienced resources in the job market. You may end up relying on costly vendor services, which can strain your budget.
6). NEGOTIATE PRICES
Don't settle for the first price offered by a tool vendor. Negotiation is common in this space, and many vendors expect some haggling. Explore your options and seek a more favorable deal.
7). SEEK INDEPENDENT EVALUATION
If you engage a service provider to assist in evaluating automated test tools, ensure they are independent and can provide a neutral perspective during your assessments. Avoid service providers with vested interests in promoting specific tools.
8). START IN-HOUSE
Begin your automated testing journey by implementing an in-house solution. Make it measurable, controllable, and prove its return on investment (ROI). Once you have a successful in-house system, you can consider scaling it with outsourcing. Outsourced service providers should follow your proven process, maintaining your control over the testing process.
9). SELECT TARGETS CAREFULLY
Not everything needs to be automated. Choose a subset of functionality that offers a clear ROI and addresses real business needs. Remember that every automated test script requires maintenance and re-scripting over time. Prioritize tests that offer the most significant benefits.
10). MAP APPLICATION OBJECTS
For automated functional testing, map your application's objects using tools like GUImap or Object Map. This simplifies maintenance, reduces recoding requirements, and makes automated testing more cost-effective.
11). EMBRACE CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT
Automated testing is an ongoing process, not a one-time development task. Invest in resources with expertise in test tools to ensure the ongoing efficiency of your automated testing. In-house teams can be trained, but working with experienced individuals in test automation can yield better results.
12). CONSULT EXPERTS
Collaborate with experts in test automation, such as Fimatix Ltd, to design a measurable and effective test strategy and build your automated testing framework. Their guidance can help you navigate the complexities of automated testing and optimize its impact on your software development.
By applying these strategies, you can master the art of automated testing, making it a valuable asset in your software development toolkit. Successful automation not only enhances testing processes but also contributes to better software quality and faster development cycles.