If you’re thinking about making the transition from manual to automated testing, and you want to do it right or have some insight into the process you’ve come to the right spot. Whatever the reason, you want to improve test coverage at scale and you know that automation testing can get you there.
Starting off small is often the best practice for many business initiatives. It holds especially true for test automation. Give yourself small goals. Automate a single test case. Work out kinks in your process, then bring that experience into more test cases. It’s much easier to replicate and scale small successes than it is to isolate exactly what broke throughout the many variables and dependencies that are common to a large rollout.
For those entering the world of automation testing, getting the tooling right is essential. There are many kinds of tools, from legacy and record and playback tools all the way to codeless test automation tools using AI to robust testing tools that offer device labs and reporting. Just like with frameworks, it’s important to pick something that serves your purpose. Not only for now but in the near and distant future. Will this tool be around in five years? Are they released frequently? How about support? Ultimately, tooling needs to address your challenges, serve your strengths, and integrate with your current and future needs.
Strive for Continuous Clarity
One of the key elements in automation today is collaboration. Manual testers need to be working closely with coders to make your automation efforts click. There should be continuous clarity around what is being tested, how, and what the results should be. Shift left testing has become popular for a reason: It shortens release cycles by shortening the gap between development and testing. If done right, automation achieves the same end result. But you need feedback from everyone involved to deliver better automation. Keep talking throughout the process. Within Automation testing, If you’re not over-communicating, you’re under-communicating.
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