Congratulations, you have successfully developed your desired application, and now your complete focus is to make it a success – marketing strategy. But don’t you think you’re missing out on something essential?
Yes, and that’s software testing!
Automation testing helps in reducing regression execution time and speed up the time to market with significant cost savings in long-term strategic planning. It not only provides quick feedback and errors to the team but also simplifies the task of the QA team that repeatedly runs the regression test to ensure the software quality.
When you start with the automation test, you might come across multiple possibilities to choose from, such as frameworks, techniques, tools, and approaches, and whatnot. In such a situation, such variety could turn into a vicious problem instead of a solution. So, to avoid such mess and to streamline the automation process, here are some best and fruitful practices that can be followed to get the best value from your automation testing process and highlight bugs when starting to automate your tests.
But before we dig out,
Let’s find out why the test case should be automated?
A test case is something where a user performs specific actions while using a particular app. Simply automating test cases leads to saving time and money as well as it is also essential in giving your end users a good experience. However, identifying a few criteria will help you to decide which test to automate, and below I have listed down the best automation practices.
1. Regression Testing:
One of the significant reasons to automate the testing is to eliminate the repetitive criteria from the loop on its every new release. If the execution requires to test for only once, then manual testing is very much ideal than automation testing. As regression testing needs to be executed in a loop, it can be considered as a good candidate for automation tests.
2. Test Automation Best Practices:
It is advisable to practice test case scenarios before you start with automated testing. It not only helps you to identify the defects but also strengthens your testing process. One of the major risks to directly approach the automated tests is that we usually prepare positive test flow rather than thinking about the other side of the coin. Practice, to begin with, automate testing considering all the positive and negative traits.
3. Select the appropriate automated testing tool:
Today there are a lot of automated testing tools options available in the market, and selecting the ones that you need is quite a tedious job.
Choose the below key points for automation testing tool:
- Make sure it does support your technology as well as a platform. What technology and OS you are testing? Does it support web and mobile app testing?
- Here you need to make sure that the QA team is able to write automated test scripts
- Does the automated testing tool supports record and playback feature of test creation or not?
4. Automate test case that runs on multiple hardware and software configurations:
With today’s device fragmentation, testing on numerous device range is quite essential before you hit the app market with the new product launch. So writing test cases that run on different devices, configurations, different OS, and versions will save a lot amount of your time, energy, and money.
Automate most used features and functionalities:
Frequently used features and functionalities are often risky for both device and user data. So, without proper testing, you can launch the app in the market as it may create a negative impact on an end-user device such as:
- High data usage
- 2x faster battery drainage than the usual
- Unexpected data usage
- Loss of data connection and a lot more
So make sure to test the app’s features in-depth before getting it on-board.
6. Automate the most time-consuming and tedious manual cases:
Automate the generic process and test flow as much in-depth as possible so that enough time to catch the bugs and look into the details. No app is perfect, but you can try to get as close as possible because the end-users will never show pity and will switch to the competitor’s app.
7. Last But Not The Least: Decide Which Test Case To Automate!
Every test has its place in the testing room, and the majority of the test can be automated. However, there are still a few tests that can be performed manually.
This below graphic gives you an idea of what should be tested and when during an app development life cycle.
The success of the automation testing solely depends on its testing strategy, and there is no sense in creating a large, complex, and challenging test that is hard to perform, debug, and edit. Make sure to keep your test cases simple and easy.
Today automates testing holds utmost importance as a constant update is being noticed in the app, making app development a continuous process. So, whether it’s manual or automates, the process should be done in the right way to achieve desired results. And by ignoring software test automation services, you’ll be thrown out of the game.
So, Be calm, and keep testing!