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4 Ways to Select the Right Software Test Automation Tool

Wednesday February 8, 2017

4 Ways to Select the Right Software Test Automation Tool

Test automation tools are grabbing the eyeballs of the various enterprises in order to utilize its benefits and to speed up the project deliveries. However, we have been trying our hands-on test automation tools for quite some time and there have been many enterprises looking to select the right automation tool for their testing requirements.

Let’s have a detailed discussion on how an enterprise needs to evaluate their test automation requirements in order to finalize a perfect test automation tool:

1. Determine whether you actually require test automation – YES/NO

Firstly, you need to clearly understand whether your current software testing projects need manual or automated testing. In fact, you also need to be prepared for any future test automation requirements.

Here, in an article when to do manual testing and when to do automated testing, there are a few factors the QA team needs to ensure from their part.

When do you need test automation?

  • When you have a huge amount of test cases to be executed
  • When you have to execute same test cases again and again in just a single testing cycle
  • When you’ve defined an order to be followed to execute a fixed number of test cases
  • When you have to ensure the most important features of the application to be tested without the chances of being missed in manual testing
  • When you need to perform the testing on various computers not limiting to just one machine
  • When you have to perform regression testing excessively
  • When you need to edit the test cases based on the different testing scenario
  • When you require documenting the reports on a regular basis.

When any of the above-mentioned scenarios are considered in any of the testing project, it is recommended for the QA teams to focus on implementing test automation.

There have been many misconceptions around choosing test automation. Many organizations feel that the length of the project matters. If the project is of just two-three months, it isn’t feasible to implement automation testing.

But, what if the project requires a huge amount of repetitive testing of certain test cases?

Thus, you need to focus more on faster deliveries without compromising on the quality. Also, when you have purchased the tool for the entire year, then the tool will be considered as expensive with the on-going testing projects.

2. Prepare yourself for choosing the automated software testing tool

While considering test automation tools for your current or future automation testing requirements, you need to be explicit about the following things:

  • What are your testing requirements?
    Sometimes, there might be projects where you only need to perform load testing or most of the time, there will be requirements of only web testing or mobile testing or web services testing. So, you need to have a clarity in setting the criteria for selecting the automation testing tool.

    Nowadays, there are tools that are specific to the particular application type and there are all-in-one tools as well. It completely depends on the consistency of your testing projects to select a particular type of tool.
  • How complex is your application testing requirement?
    It is highly required to have a deep understanding of the application being tested and its technologies involved. Also, if possible, ensure you have all this information well-documented in order to showcase a business case for a particular test automation tool.
  • Do you have skilled resources?
    You have prepared the documents that have the details of the application testing requirements. Well, now it’s time to find out whether your organization has enough skilled resources to handle that particular testing project as well as the new automated testing tool.
  • How much you want to invest?
    When working on finalizing the budget to purchase the test automation tool, you also need to make sure, you have the prices of all the tools available on hand. See, before experimenting, you’re not going to finalize the tool. However, to get the budget approved by the top management, you will require the prices of the overall software test automation tools available in the industry.

Once you have all the prices, you can estimate the amount that you might invest in purchasing the right automation testing tool.

3. Try experimenting various software test automation tools

Now that, you have your testing requirements set, you now need to move towards experimenting the leading automated software testing tools of the industry.

There are various tools for various testing requirements. But, you need to identify which tool will be the best fit for your requirements. Start analyzing various software testing tools by downloading their trial versions available.

Get your sample test cases prepared in order to understand how a particular tool executes them. Also, if you are not satisfied with the tool, ask the tool owners to offer you a demo. And, currently all companies provide free demos of their tools.

While trying the tools, you need to ensure the following points:

  • Integrations with leading bug tracking tools, & test management tools.
  • Support for leading browsers, operating systems, and platforms.
  • Object-based and Visual Record/Playback feature.
  • Robust reporting and analytics feature.
  • Distributed execution across various machines/platforms.
  • Language that your skilled resources are comfortable with.
  • Different testing solutions.

Also, check for the consulting & technical support provided during your entire trial period.

4. Which is the best for your testing projects - Open Source or Licensed Tools?

You are now done with requirements documentation and experimenting with the various tools. So, it’s the time to compare the various tools. When it comes to testing tools comparison, much focus is to compare the open source and commercial testing tools.

Obviously, cost plays an important role when choosing commercial licensed tools over open source tools. But, let’s understand other points that become highly important when it comes to successful software testing projects using those tools:

  • The tool that is easy to learn, adopt & use from the perspectives of test automation frameworks, scripting languages, support, and cost. As these can be very basic, yet important factors. Here, it is better to opt for codeless automated testing tool.
  • You also need to mark the speed at which it executes the test cases in support with the features of record/playback, bug tracking, and continuous server integration.
  • Also, how much support the tool offers for test management tools, browsers, operating systems, and platforms.
  • Lastly, try to find out the reviews online for all the tools that you’re looking to shortlist. This is a must-follow process to go through with.

We are not unaware of the fact that the open source test automation tools do not offer support for most of the features, that commercial licensed tools offer.

But, it completely depends on your requirements and budget.

Wrapping Up

By now, you have understood that you need test automation in some or the other way. Thus, without wasting a moment further, discuss with your team and decision influencers about introducing test automation tools for your current & upcoming testing projects. Consider and act upon each and every point that we have tried mentioning here to jump-start your faster project deliveries with highest quality maintained.

Don’t forget to share any other point if you think we might have missed here, as that will help us and many more as well.

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