Efficient Test Automation in the Agile

Efficient Test Automation in the Agile

Agile Methodology is a method which encourages and promotes continuous iteration of development and testing throughout the software development process and lifecycle of a project. In simpler words, development and testing activities are synchronized in the agile model in software testing. Agile software development is a simple, yet efficient way to produce elegant software solutions. Agile development focuses on four core values:

  1. Individual and team interactions over processes and tools
  2. Working software over comprehensive documentation
  3. Customer collaboration over contract negotiation
  4. Responding to change over following a plan


Practices one should follow in Agile Test Automation in order to ensure efficiency and success:

Conduct Parallel testing

Since agile technology focuses on continuous releases in a number of iterations, developers find it hard to devote time to identifying, fixing and testing each iteration. Hence, allocating sufficient time to test and conduct test automation in parallel to development cycle avoids lag. Conducting parallel testing saves time, increases productivity and ensures smooth development.

Develop quality test scripts

Developers should develop quality and flexible test scripts to accommodate regression cycles. They should include portability, correctness, performance etc. Developing these scripts ensures smooth testing as it involves regression testing without any interference from developers/testers. Thus, avoiding any unnecessary inaccuracies and making the cycle more efficient.

Obtaining right automation tools

It is vital to select the right automation tools for Agile testing. Developers must invest time and energy towards the testing of each of these tools to ensure they meet requirements and criteria set by the developers. Some of the features developing tools often have are:

  1. Given tool must be OS friendly
  2. Should be able to conduct end to end testing
  3. The tool should be able to integrate cross functional tools (ex: Bug tracking)
  4. The tools should be robust and must provide quick and accurate results
  5. The pricing must be within the firm’s budgets


Regular checks on development environment

Regular checks on development environment are vital and consist of simple to complex virtual machines and cloud environment that work with external database and services. This step is important as a bug doesn’t always stay within the code or the program. It can often appear in the environment, database or network as well. Hence, regular checks ensure quality over trying to find the cause of an issue only within the program instead of finding the root of the problem. They can also quicken the examination and developers already know the strengths, weaknesses and maps of the given environment.

Small and Lean strategy 

Ensure that the test cases are small and lean. Small and lean test cases help in attaching redundant test data which adds no value to the test outcomes. Keeping smaller test cases will also help in making quicker and more efficient changes as per regression requirements. Moreover, it reduces the maintenance of large test suites, which contain different codes, configuration, and scenarios, thereby reducing the overall load on the development environment.

Agile development now is a permanent fixture in the modern world. Test teams therefore have no choice but to combine the best practices of traditional manual mechanisms with new product cycles in order to deliver robust, stable, high-quality apps.

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