With the help of its up-to-the-mark standards, QA automation is bringing innovation to the software testing field. This is the reason for its widely growing popularity among automation testers throughout the world.
Let’s move forward with more information regarding QA automation testing.
Can QA Automation Turn To A Failure? How?
Imagine putting your efforts tirelessly into a QA automation testing project, but you end up having no benefits from the procedure and you need much more resources and time to maintain it. Similarly, you face such inevitable problems that you may need to re-implement the entire process after a short time period.
In order to overcome such problematic situations, project managers need to put effort into and define a sound procedure that will utter the maximum required outcome from QA automation.
In the subsequent parts of this article, we will discuss how to make QA automation a success story for you.
1- Sound Test Automation Strategy
In order to avoid problematic situations, project managers need to give more time to define proper strategies. They must bring development and automated software testers together to achieve maximum benefits from automation testing.
With the help of proper strategy planning, you can properly implement automation testing and enjoy its perks, eventually.
Here we will describe some benefits of making an excellent strategy:
– Better perception of risks:
A good testing strategy proves really helpful in identifying and working on the potential risks. Risks, if not properly addressed, may cause inevitable delays in implementing automated testing procedures.
– Clearly defined scope and objectives:
With the help of a test strategy, the team is clear about the scope and objectives of the QA automation testing practice. They know exactly where they should put their focus and what they should avoid so that their goals become achievable.
– Defined Responsibilities:
The test strategy document also provides a road map to define the roles and responsibilities of the team members. They should decide beforehand who will perform which task and at which stage of the process.
2- Coordination among Teams/Stakeholders
Your teams and stakeholders need to be on the same page during the test automation engineering process. If the teams have great collaboration, they will provide their best results. All the testing activities need to be handled with cooperation. Some plus points of this coordination are:
- Improved end results:
When teams work together, we add their mutual input to the project, which ultimately benefits the quality of the process and product.
- Better Ideas:
Creative ideas can come from any mind. If the team works in collaboration, better ideas for different situations may come from their side.
- Learning and growth:
Team collaboration provides opportunities for learning and growth to almost every member of the team. They share ideas and solutions together and get help from their experience, which is fruitful for the working process.
3- Selection of Suitable Tools for Automation Testing
Successful QA Automation relies on the selection of suitable tools for your environment. There are several automation tools available, but every tool is not suitable for every project.
Following are some tips to choose a suitable automation tool for your projects:
- Compatibility with your working environment:
The tool must be compatible with your working environment and the project you are going to use it for.
Make sure the tool you are selecting is being upgraded properly. If the tool is being supported, you can easily get support and suggestions in case of any issues.
- Easy to use:
Select the tool which is easy to understand and use. Too complex tools will eventually cause more effort and time required from your team.
4- Decide What to Automate In Testing
Although automation helps most test coverage, there are some specific cases that need to be executed manually. So, it should be very clear to you which test cases are suitable for automation testing.
Here are some guidelines to choose which test cases are suitable for automation:
- Regression Tests:
Since regression tests need to be performed every time we introduce a new feature, it is highly favorable to automate them.
- Load Tests:
We perform load testing to check system behavior under a specific load. Automating these tests is useful because it requires a long time to execute.
- Testing of high-risk elements:
There are some features that cost more if they fail, so we need to automate test cases of such features to get authentic results.
- Repetitive Test cases:
Automation is for the test cases which need to be performed, again and again, to avoid human errors in their execution and results.
5- Quality of Test Data
Test Data is the data input we will use for your QA automation testing test cases execution. Usually, we store this data in the external files and then import these files in order to execute test cases as per our required inputs.
A good automation tool will always help to manipulate the data and use it for the test automation process. Also, if we create test data wisely, we can reuse it afterward. Usually, the testing team creates data carefully and stores it according to the demands of the project. However, there are some tools available to enable the testing team to generate rational data.
As searching, using, and managing test data takes lots of time and effort from the testers, this area should be prone to errors because whole QA automation relies on it.
To take maximum advantage of technology, the users must deeply understand it so that its implementation brings true benefits to their business. We at Codeautomation.ai keep in mind the rules mentioned above in order to improve our automation testing needs and to fulfill our customers’ requirements.