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5 Best Practices that Drives Business Values from Test Automation

September 3, 2018

5 Best Practices that Drives Business Values from Test Automation

“Application leaders who are modernizing application development face an increasing need to deliver applications faster and at higher quality. We evaluated the major vendors used to accelerate and scale functional automated testing as well as enable the continuous testing required by DevOps.” - Gartner Magic Quadrant for Software Test Automation, Joachim Herschmann, Thomas E. Murphy.

The actual demand for IT industries to deliver high-quality software at an increasingly faster pace has compelled the shift to DevOps methodologies and agile development. As applications which are under development increase in complexity, either owing to feature level changes or enhancements, or technologies, it becomes difficult for manual testing to keep up. This rapid development is driving the demand for test automation. Test Automation delivers strong value in areas such as:

  1. Human error elimination, which can be a challenge with manual testing
  2. Enabling shorter test cycles as well as delivery times
  3. Enhanced regression coverage
  4. Uniform testing processes
  5. Increased resource utilization
  6. Continuous testing

Automated software testing requires the adoption of best practices such as behavior-driven development (BDD) and continuous integration and testing. These are some of the basic elements for developing the complete process.

In this blog, we will go through some of the key steps to drive business values from Automation Testing. The following steps will increase your chance of succeeding in adopting test automation as an essential part of your testing approach.

1. Establish a Clear Set of Goals
To establish a clear and balanced set of goals, it is necessary to first understand and then define goals while automating tests. Test Automation has been mentioned as a well-balanced solution that decreases the cost of testing drastically and also is considered to offer 100% test coverage. Though, the key objective of test automation is to detect defects early and reduce quality risks by reducing the need for human interference.

So, defining a clear set of test automation goals, allows even large and disparate testing teams to experience the advantages of automation. Hence, it is very essential to prepare a list of goals and create an execution plan which thereby leads to gradual enhancement.

2. Test Automation at GUI Level
Each and every team commences their automation efforts with GUI functional testing, though the components of the GUI tend to vary on a continual basis, they are a bit costly to develop, slow to execute occasionally difficult to maintain. So, to ensure that problems are easily getting identified, a combination of various testing types and levels are required in order to reach the predicted level of quantity and mitigate the risks connected with defects.

3. Manage Appropriate Test Automation Support
Incorrect practices lead to testing failures which can be time consuming to analyze. So when an application or any solution system gets transformed, you need to assess the efficiency and effectiveness of each test regularly. Teams need to create and maintain the tests. This actually helps to ensure that you are not creating the tests that interrupt testing workflows, to ensure the process is not needlessly time consuming.

4. Set Test Data Management Strategy Accurately
Testing teams need to organize and retrieve the necessary data as well as the activities that are connected with each test component in order to test enterprise critical software. Test data is something which continuously gets renewed and versioned after some time, which is required on a frequent basis to evaluate the actual outcome of an activity. If test data is not managed and controlled properly, it can cause obstacles in the testing and development process. Therefore, it is really essential to have a precise test data management strategy in order to improve an application’s speed to market, and to decrease project related and operational overheads in relation to the application.

Also Read: 6 Features to Look for in an Ideal Test Management Tool

An accurate test automation strategy should include how much time your teams spend in each and every step in the workflow. The principal focus should be on the high priority value tests which allow you to set a clear ROI.

5. Select Test Automation Tools that Meet your Team's Capabilities 
Due to the large number of test automation tools available in the market, the products that are accessible from multiple software companies usually differ in terms of practical scope and focus. Every solution provider won't always meet your testing needs. Hence, it is very essential to choose the specific tools that take your application targets into account, match your team's development methods, and also meet the capabilities of your resources.

Software companies and QA firms always depend on the above guidelines to ensure they drive maximum business value from their test automation programs. Classifying and creating business goals against testing is not always an easy task, but the application that you choose should match the specific criteria or support the metrics and should be flexible enough to update the test cases as per varying business requirements without much effort. It is also very essential to choose manageable and robust testing tools so that they meet any expectations and changing needs without complex testing structures.

It can be said that test automation results in saved time and efforts, as well as cost reduction, flexibility, smart feedback, and thereby results in providing enhanced productivity and profits. Advanced test automation with specific testing techniques helps ensure that a viable product is delivered at the end of every sprint.

Download this Whitepaper: "Create Business Value with Business Driven Test Automation" which will take you through the evolution of test automation and briefly describes how the shift from traditional to business-driven test automation empowers software and QA firms to attain greater business value and maximize ROI.

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