When implementing #TestAutomation it is important to ensure your automated testing tool/s, can be flexible and supportive of a wide range of applications and languages. Integrating test automation into your development process and framework will provide a higher return on investment (ROI) for teams looking to optimize their software development processes.

Most teams tend to automate tests but seem to forget the importance of integrating their automated tests into the overall testing process. This means automated testing should complement and improve the overall software quality allowing manual testing to focus on key business and functional areas which may not be ready for automation, or simply best left for manual testing. Either way, its important that your test reporting highlights the overall status of both automated and manual testing. With the increasing push to to shift left, automated testing needs to be able to provide fast, accurate test and code coverage, application insights and reports which can be accessible for delivery teams to review and asses.

Unfortunately this is where majority of QA Process tends to get tangled at adopting the most basic automation reporting principles, needed to be in place in the software delivery process. Each time your developers commit code changes, your automation suite/s should be triggered to provide rapid validation against the most recent code changes. Failed tests need to be visible and clear, allowing both QA and Developer to coordinate and account for tasks, reviewing results and detailed test logs with actionable items for for remediation prior to moving to the next task.

Application Monitoring Automation Process

To build a focus on continuous development and production deployment, your automated testing strategy should be set up to monitor your production environment to expose issues as they occur prior to the end user.

Having a test automation framework that can capture and report on business transactions and response times coupled with application monitoring tools such as Dynatrace will provide deeper insights into the experience of the users.

For example, if the average response time for Check-Out function on your website is impacted by a recent change in the underlying application code or technology, then your monitoring process and automation reports must proactively report on this performance issue including performance trends over the build life-cycle. This is where your automation will definitely demonstrate a greater return on investment. So it is important that your automated test results can be captured in a database to produce trends with pin point analytics to address issues as they occur.

Capturing response times against business transactions and counters provides many important insights and analytics that support real issues. The following benefits will be achieved based on a well-defined test automation and application monitoring strategy and solution.

  • Measure the end user experience across technology
  • Create real insights and visibility
  • Troubleshooting
  • Identify the root cause of the problem

For more information on application monitoring see Synthetic Application Monitoring

Conclusion

Integrating automation into your development and testing process can produce many great results. Deploying software in this current competitive landscape means software test automation is becoming more and more essential. Although the adoption of some form of automation is on the rise, the full potential may not be experienced by some teams due to the lack of integration within their development and deployment process.

The right selection of automation, testing process, and team, are important ingredients for a successful automation capability. If you are looking to implement software automation testing within your organisation, or need assistance to deploy the necessary framework, you can contact Testpoint and request more information about our Test Automation Proof Of Concept Services