Software Test Automation
Structure is Paramount
There are several strong arguments for using automated software tests: They lead to consistently high testing quality, they help free test team members from routine tasks, and they save time and money. Particularly in regression testing, it is undeniable that automation is a “must”, and for a number of reasons: Automation enables the systematic running of test cases, it reduces the waiting time for results, and it provides standardized test protocols. However, automation also needs to be done right, meaning the following success criteria must be met:
- Selecting the right testing tool
- Accurately converting the business test cases into automated test cases
- Ensuring that the automation test team is trained and qualified
A structured testing process is of paramount importance for successful automation. Thus, testers who are used to explorative testing will be well served to systemize their approach. Only well-structured test cases can help determine the degree of automation, but they also serve as the very foundation of automated testing.
Experience as a Success Factor
Significant know-how and experience – in both software development and testing – are required to implement test automation. Sound knowledge of testing processes, as well as expertise in selecting and implementing suitable automation tools, are all vitally important. It is a job for experts, and OBJENTIS consultants bring the necessary qualifications to the job.
The first step is to conduct an analysis of the client’s unique situation. The economic feasibility of implementing automation is determined by such factors as software stability, the frequency of new releases, and the number and quality of existing test cases. OBJENTIS supports clients with a comprehensive analysis, including an evaluation of the available testing tools to select the one that is best suited.
Implementing an automation tool requires a great deal of expertise, and the following steps are necessary to succeed: designing a suitable testing environment, adapting and parameterizing the test cases, defining the test automation process and test sequence, and standardizing test reports. In most cases, the client’s staff can be trained to run the automated tests without outside support, but here, too, OBJENTIS experts are available if needed.
OBJENTIS supports clients during all phases of software testing, and especially with automation processes for new software. From training automation technicians to implementing automated processes, through to coaching and mentoring services, it pays to rely on an expert. After all, explorative automation is expensive!