Six Stages Of Automation Testing Life Cycle Methodology

Six Stages Of Automation Testing Life Cycle Methodology

Sep 21, 2021, 9:07:46 AM Tech and Science

Businesses are increasingly adopting DevOps to make their team agile and appropriately leverage development, operation, and QA teams. In the mobile app development lifecycle, to increase the efficiency of DevOps adoption, the team should understand the dynamics of Automation Testing. The automation testing pipeline consists of a multi-stage process. A well-designed strategy facilitates the effective utilization and introduction of an automated test tool and frameworks. Adhering to it will enable the QA to ensure that the testing strategy delivers the maximum return on investment (ROI).

The testers should not deploy automation within the testing infrastructure blindly. Test automation will shorten time-to-market and facilitate cost savings only if it is in tandem with other factors involved in the app testing process. Three main test automation factors define the success of the project. It includes the product, people, and process. The 'product' consisting of the test automation product or tool should fit right into the project. It must be aligned with the testing objective for the application under test (AUT). Choosing an intuitive and easy-to-use testing mobile apps automation tool will enable the testers to seamlessly onboard it. The following important parameter is the 'people who are involved in conducting automated testing. Define the level of testing, roles, and responsibilities across your team. They should be skilled enough to operate the tool and execute robust automation tests. 'Process' of rendering test automation is another critical factor. It will help streamline the tests according to the testing guidelines and ensure that the app appropriately delivers on all the defined business objectives.

Once the tester documents the tests, test automation consumes much lesser time than manual testing. It helps to save up on time, money, resources and also generate a high ROI. Test automation reducers testers' frustrations and enables them to leverage better repeatability and accuracy during testing. They can run multiple tests in parallel or sequence, allowing the testers to increase the depth and scope of tests. While the initial costs of onboarding automation within the testing infrastructure may be high, it is comparatively much more cost-effective in the long run. It long-lasting, reusable product which justifies its cost. It supports code reusability so that the QA does not have to prepare the test scripts for every test run.

The methodology of the automation testing lifecycle consists of different stages. It includes the following:

Determining The Scope of Test Automation

Before jumping on the automation testing bandwagon, the stakeholders need to identify the feasibility of automation carefully. They need to perform a feasibility check on the manual tests pack to determine what can be automated. It will help to define which application modules and tests they should automate. Moreover, the team must also consider cost, team size, and expertise required for automation. Hence, the primary stage involves identifying the test case and AUT automation feasibility.

Selecting The Right Automation Tool

Test automation is a tool-dependent approach. Choosing the right tool is imperative for the success of test automation. You need to select an intuitive and flexible tool that will facilitate seamless testing. When selecting a device, ensure that it provides adequate support for your platform and technology. It should be feasible for testers of various skill levels. Determine if it can support record-and-playback test creation and manual creation of automated tests. Also, check if the tool can integrate into your CI/CD pipeline. You can run a proof of concept on the tool to test its feasibility in your testing project.

Developing The Test Strategy

In the test strategy phase, you need to select an appropriate test automation framework. Once you identify the manual test cases for automation and select the right tool, choose a framework based on the tool's functioning. The testers need to identify the test procedure creation standards and guidelines. They should identify the hardware, software, and network to support the test environment. Preparing a test schedule, test data, and defect tracking procedure are also a part of the planning phase.

Setting Up the Test Environment

Setting up the testing environment requires comprehensive planning. Gather the test data, checklist the systems, modules, and applications. Identify all the browsers, devices, platforms, OS versions for testing. Maintain a cross-browser testing matrix for ensuring maximum coverage. Plan the scheduled use of the test environment.

Automation Test Script Development and Execution

After installing the test environment, you need to execute the test scripts. Based on testing objectives, prepare the test scripts. Create reusable and structured scripts, and perform code reviewing to prepare optimum quality scripts.

Analysis And Generation of Test Reports

Use appropriate reporting features to get insights into the results that the test scripts generate. The test results will help you analyze if you need to re-run the test scripts.

To Conclude:

These are the six essential stages of the automation testing life cycle. A well-planned and structured methodology will ensure test automation success, and can help release a high-quality app in the marketplace. 


Published by Pamela Johnson


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