“Quality is not an act, it is a habit.”
Automation is not the next big thing. It’s the future that is now.
It is easy to understand why. Technology does the job quicker and often better while freeing us for more creative tasks.
When it comes to software testing that helps us get rid of nasty bugs and make users happy, the benefits of automation testing are pretty much the same. A higher speed, reduced costs, and fewer errors.
However, many are slow to adopt. According to a recent survey, 25% of testers from across industries are just starting on their test automation journey or have no automation whatsoever.
Common automation testing challenges range from a lack of skilled resources or knowledge to identify the right methods and tools to changing software requirements.
The question is: Whether the laggards are just late adopters? It is possible as polls suggest that more than 40% of leading digital enterprises are looking to invest in QA automation solutions in the short term.
If you are thinking about test automation as well but don’t know how to get started, stay tuned. Tips and practical examples are below.
So, exactly what are the benefits of automation testing?
Above all, they are about higher test coverage and way faster release cycles for your product. It is because automated tests can be run 24/7. They can be run in hundreds in a matter of seconds. They can be run continuously and in parallel, something which is impossible to imagine with manual testing.
With no human intervention, automated checks return more accurate results.
And they can be reused, saving you money.
What project can benefit from test automation? Any. But especially complex projects that require checking the same areas over and over again.
If you are still not convinced, dig into more details.
With QA automation, you test new software features continuously - and deliver continuously as well.
In fact, automated checks enable you to be truly agile, powering your CI/CD pipeline. Once you add automated tests to the process, tests are run the moment new code is complete, and your developers no longer have to spend days on trying to remember and fix code written many weeks ago. Teams detect errors and bottlenecks early, putting high-quality software on a faster track to market. Only good code passes the pipeline.
But you want to make sure that your tests are working and you have the skill sets to prepare and prioritize new test cases for code updates.
The more tests you perform, the fewer bugs escape to annoy your users.
However, with manual testing, you may need either extra hands and extra time to repeat the same tests over and over again.
Through the implementation of automated tests, it’s easier to run thousands of test cases all at the same time. Unattended. Overnight.
Oh, another point worth mentioning. Once developed, the same test suite can be used repeatedly, either at subsequent release stages or on a totally new project, delivering significant cost savings.
What’s not to like about that?
The benefits of automation testing are obvious, but for many companies, test automation is still not at the level it should be.
However, with users’ zero tolerance to bugs and increasing pressure on teams to speed up release cycles for fixes and updates, automation testing can be the only way out of this challenge.
Technologies unlock hidden value and make you fly.
All you need is the right strategy and the right skills to set up test automation best practices. Machines will do the rest.
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