February 8, 2017
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:
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 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.
While considering test automation tools for your current or future automation testing requirements, you need to be explicit about the following things:
Once you have all the prices, you can estimate the amount that you might invest in purchasing the right automation testing tool.
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:
Also, check for the consulting & technical support provided during your entire trial period.
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:
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.
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.