Automated QA testing runs alongside the software development lifecycle and includes the stages below:
The first step involves a feasibility analysis and figuring out the aims of the testing process while considering factors such as budget, expertise, and resources.
After defining the scope of the test, choose an automation tool that fits the project requirements. Factoring in the tool’s cost, along with flexibility, functionality, and intuitiveness is equally critical.
Next, the QA team must design a suitable testing framework that aligns with the project’s approach and end goals and contains common practices, standards, and testing tools.
Creating the proper testing environment is crucial to maximising test coverage. For this, the QA team must develop testbed scripts, schedule and track hardware and software installation, along with other environment setup activities.
In this step, the QA team writes automated test scripts to run the tests. The scripts must be structured, reusable, easy-to-understand, and based on scripting standards and project requirements.
API testing and GUI testing are the two main ways to automate QA tests. Different software tests include unit tests, functional tests, integration tests, end-to-end tests, smoke tests, regression tests, and performance tests.
After the test execution, the automation tool will generate a report showing errors or if additional testing is required.
Manual testing is error-prone, even if done by the most diligent tester. Automation testing improves accuracy and frees testers from repetitive manual tests.
With automated testing, whenever there is a change in the source code, tests can run automatically. Thus, developers can identify problems on the fly, which, in turn, saves time and resources.
Automation testing simplifies and improves the detection of bugs and other defects. Moreover, automation testing can perform controlled web application tests with thousands of virtual users.
Automation significantly increases testing speed, shortens software development cycles, facilitates frequent releases, enables quicker updates to the app, and ensures faster time-to-market delivery.
Automated testing is the key to implementing DevOps practices and switching to the continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline.
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