One of the most important parts of software development lifecycle is the process of testing and validating the software. To cope with frequent sprints and agile cycles, most of the organizations and testers prefer automated testing due to the whole host of benefits offered by it.
There is no denying that easy learning curve and rapid turnarounds are the coolest things that test engineers can leverage from test automation. However, most common challenge they face while performing test automation projects is the difficulty in managing test cases and resources. Well, experts suggest, managing test automation to drive quality in software with expected ROI is not that difficult.
Here are the top 5 ways through which you can manage your test automation projects effectively.
One of the most basic things you can do to manage your test automation is planning your test suites. Beginning test automation without any appropriate planning would make your testing efforts go haywire. It is important that you utilize your test plan and inform developers how you intend to manage the test assets. This will help in prioritizing the development as well as testing efforts in the right direction.
In order to enable effective management of your automated test suites, it is important that you centralize all your test assets through a common repository that can be smoothly accessed by development teams. You can also leverage the test management tools offered by the test automation environments in order to organize and access the test assets while managing them through a common location.
Moreover, some kind of access control features offered by the several automation test tools can be an added advantage. This will also help you to get rid of extra overheads to manage the test automation and ensure integrity in your test suites.
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While managing test automation, it is important that you identify and differentiate good and bad test automation objects. Identifying bad test automation objects would help you with different ways like reducing the number of bugs found by the users, executing tests faster, improving your test cycles, reducing the cost and time for test design and lot more.
On the other hand, identifying good test automation objects would be beneficial for the testers as it will help them get rid of the repetitive test execution and let them spend more time on test design, regression tests, test coverage and more.
Every application is going to change in order to accommodate future requirements, which means you will have to check for the validity of the test assets in order to ensure their quality in the future. If possible, you should perform validity checks after each and every release of the software update, which will help you keep your test suites compatible with the frequent changes introduced to your software application and trace the outdated updates.
Once you identify the outdated test assets, all you’ve to do is to remove them. This will help you reduce the overhead of managing the unnecessary test suites. There are several test automation tools that often simplify this task by providing ways to package outdated or invalid tests.
In order to simplify the management of test automation, it is essential that you consider ‘Testware Architecture’ which helps you separate your automation codes and libraries from the test automation tool. This will allow the testers to document and manage test cases and data with minimal maintenance and also ensure their reusability for different projects and environments.
Apart from following the above points, it is important that you also utilize pre and post processing of automation test setup. In other words, you should automate almost everything except choosing which tests to run and analyze the results accordingly.
To bring more effectiveness in your test automation efforts, make sure you consider all the above discussed aspects when it comes to managing your test automation projects.
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