Keeping pace with current trends, more and more IT companies are moving to agile development methods from conventional waterfall development. Some companies, in their efforts to meet agile demands, have resorted to test automation which solves manual testing issues and produce faster results.
Despite test automation is helpful in many ways, it still presents some challenges which can reduce its efficiency greatly if its adoption lacks brainstorming and analysis.
Let’s consider the following steps the companies should take to ensure test automation will work successfully in their agile environment.
- Allocate enough time
Due to the continuous release of multiple iterations, agile teams often compromise the quality and it’s getting tough to devote time for development, fixing and testing of every iteration. However test automation has to go along with development to ensure the absence of lags as well as let the team be more productive and handle the results quickly.
- Mind regression testing demands while writing quality test scripts
Developing test scripts in regression testing concept enables the team to complete testing without many script changes and avail many benefits like speed, performance and accuracy.
- Choose the proper tool for automation
The appropriate automation tool is a key for testing success, that’s why it should be chosen with great evaluating efforts and constant reference to the criteria and requirements which may include responsiveness across different operational systems, corresponding with budget, comprehensible architecture, the ability to give results and report quickly etc.
- Maintain the development environment carefully
Any application problem can be caused by network problems, unavailability of services, configurations, backend data and other issues. Not to waste time juggling with root causes the team should concentrate on improving the quality rather than finding the defects’ causes. That’s why it’s critical to get solid knowledge of all aspects of the development environment before the implementation of test automation.
- Keep tests lean and small
By keeping tests case in order you can avoid unnecessary test data which require no testing or presents no actual value. It also helps to handle complex scenarios due to the small size of test cases. Again, in this case a team needs no analysis of large test case suits of different codes, configurations and scenarios. Whereas incremental test cases reduce the agile development load and help evaluate the costs and ROI figures of every lot.
Following these tips will ensure the painless introduction of test automation in the agile development process.
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Created: 28 Jan 2014
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