Achieving Business Objectives from Automated Software Testing

While an increasing number of organizations across the globe are adopting automated software testing, most of them complain that their test automation initiatives are not yielding the kind of business benefits they anticipated. Testing and development costs are relatively high, the user experience is still getting compromised, and bugs keep coming back! So, what can organizations do in order to achieve the desired business outcome?

Define Your Objective

Business leaders must assess what business outcomes they expect from their automated software testing efforts. Apart from finding bugs faster, the foremost aim of test automation is to accelerate delivery and reduce time-to-market. Test automation also aims at increasing cost efficiencies and ensuring that upgrade and iterations to products do not impact the user experience. Automation reduces the cost of failure by increasing test coverage so that bugs are discovered before any real damage is done.

Determine What to Automate

It’s important to remember that a test automation tool is not a magic wand that will make bugs disappear effortlessly. For test automation projects to be successful, companies need to understand that some tests demand automation, while some should be executed manually. To automate the testing process, you need to know what to automate. For example, regression testing should be automated.

Treat Test Automation Just Like Software Development

In today’s software development environments, developers and testers have to work together to develop bug-free products. Software testing must be performed with the same care and thought that goes into writing production code. Both developers and testers need to work together for testers to identify the testing paths, discover bugs and implement fixes as the code is being developed or iterated. Organizations that discriminate between the two and expect one to function in isolation from the other do not get the expected time and cost savings from their automation efforts.

Create a Solid Test Strategy

Automated software testing is not about adding a few automated tests to the existing testing process. When implementing test automation, organizations have to understand that the testing team needs to rethink the entire testing approach and develop a robust test strategy that aligns with the business objectives right from the beginning. It also has a defined and quantified objective for quantified outcomes, and employs the right test automation tools and most importantly, is adaptable to changes given the demand for frequent product upgrades and release cycles. Organizations that view test automation as a ‘create it and forget it’ option to optimize testing and let it run on autopilot face greater challenges in meeting their business objectives.

QA and testing professionals are now more valued more than ever before and given the increasing adoption of automation the lines dividing testers and development professionals are beginning to blur. Automated software testing is a dynamic process and taking the above-mentioned approach will not only improve product quality and stability but will also improve resource allocation and help in managing testing expenses to increase profitability.

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