There is a list of things to keep in mind when taking the automated testing route to deliver high quality products at speed.
First thing is to erase is the idea of ‘automating everything’ and pick the right test candidates suitable for automation.
Here are some common cues in a business operation that hints the need for automation testing:
- Time consuming and repetitive tests
- Complex and high-risk test cases
- Smoke and Sanity tests
- Test cases that went through multiple regression
- Functionality-based cases that picked a lot of customer complaints
Manually testing the huge number of data for the same workflows, fields will require a lot of time and become a mundane task. Hence, automating these tests will result in having more accurate results, than running manually each time.
If the tester is provided with a form with large amounts of data and be asked to test and verify the results with many variants of data each time, it becomes complex and more prone to manual errors. Running Automated tests for these scenarios can help reduce the chance of these errors and improve quality.
High risk tests are a set of test cases deemed critical by the stake holders, that stresses on testing the critical functions of the product, which upon failing will impact the business. Test team must be on the same lines with the stake holders in identifying the high-risk functionality test cases and automate them to verify results, which helps teams to detect errors early in the cycle.
Smoke and sanity tests make the right candidates for test automation since they are ‘build’ and ‘release’ focused. After each build or a release, the software requires testing across diverse OS, browser and device combinations. Automation testing is a time-saver and right fit for these types of tests.
Regression testing is common and happen frequently every time there is a change to the existing feature. One of the best ways to get the more of regression testing is by automating them. Regression test scripts can be written and run automatically every time there is an update.