When you hear the word “automation” what pop-ups in your brain?
The term automation reminds people of tasks completed at a speed of a blink of an eye. However, as we all know, automation is not that simple. It requires a budget, planning, setup, and maintenance. This has made many organizations reluctant to automate their business processes, instead of reaping its benefits of cutting costs and efforts along with the overall organization’s productivity.
Nonetheless, automation is what many technology-first companies pursue.
In terms of quality assurance, automated testing means having faster test results with a large volume of tests. It has made it possible to reduce the occurrence of errors caused by humans. This means that if you are not physically available in the office, even then you can test at any feasible time. For the technology managers in large organizations, it sounds like a piece of music that brings unrhythmic things to the rhythm.
So have you wondered how an organization gets started with automation? To reap as many benefits as they can.
Outsourcing services from an automation testing company can surely lead organizations to achieve their desired objectives, but before getting started with automation, organizations must need to develop a clear-cut strategy or plan to ensure effective automation.
Decide what needs to be automated
Often organizations made a mistake of automating every single structure even those which may not require automation at all, so its important to take out time and jot down the things that must be automated and can not be ignored at any cost. Sit down with your QA team and go through each part of the testing process. Where are the tests repeated? Where does your team think they can speed up the process?
Ask the following questions;
How much effort a test required?
If a specific test requires a lot of manual data entry, then this is a very safe choice for automation. Adding endless data entries in manual testing is extremely inefficient, so automation may be a more time-saving option.
To what extent your test results are accurate?
If you often need to cross-reference test results to check for inconsistencies, human errors may interfere with your testing process. Automation can reduce the possibility of this happening, and run hundreds of test cases to find errors that the human eye may miss.
How often you repeat tests?
If you have to repeat tests again and again then automation is the best choice you can go for. The time you spend on writing a test case can take your productive hours. Automation can help you to focus on more valuable tasks while automating time-consuming tasks.
Does the test have a lifetime?
If your test may remain unchanged for 6 months, and the test content is not expected to change, then automation will be a time and cost-saving task. Find rigorous and constant tests in your strategy and start automating them.
Decide what need automation and what does not
The comprehensive and perfect quality inspection strategy combines manual and automated testing.
Fine-tuning the tests means to determine which tests are more suitable for different test strategies. With a wide range of test kits, you will get a wider range of tests and catch more errors.
Exploratory tests are used to explore potential errors in applications or software which must be done by the manual testers because they require innovation to decide which part of the software to test. Testers are not bound to follow any predetermined path instead they are free to navigate the application. Whereas, user experience testing is all about testing different parts of the user experience that can be best done by humans because you are required to test how users interact with the application in reality. Testers only need to experience the process of navigating your application to resolve any user experience issues. User interface testing is similar to testing things such as design elements and font design. These need to be tested with the naked eye.
Perform repetitive tasks through automated software testing, giving your team time to spend more challenging and rewarding projects. Team members can improve their skills and confidence, and then transfer these benefits to their organization. Once you’ve decided and jotted down which part of the testing process requires automation, you are all set up for the implementation phase of automation testing. You will have a baseline or more specifically saying a guideline for the testing.
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