Test automation is not enough to test all possible scenarios. Sometimes you need manual testing. You should be well aware of automation tools limitations to avoid unrealistic expectations, which may cost you time, resources, and clients' negative image of you. Keeping the focus on a robust test automation plan and adequate task distribution will let you stay on the safe side.
Automation testing may and will alter the test data. While planning your test automation suite, consider the test data you chaff off and include a procedure to refresh wasted or altered data. A supplementary test automation strategy is keeping separate sets of data for manual and automated testing, which will save you from one set interfering with the other.
On average, 50% of cases are redundant. A good approach towards designing the test cases is to ponder over their relative weight. Having redundant tests reduces the value of test suites. Pick tests that can make it to the finish line and require less effort to receive the broadest coverage.
Maintaining test scripts and thorough reporting will help you mitigate the risk of accumulating a massive amount of errors so hard to work out.
When analyzing the results of your test automation report, always remember to identify which test failure is a show-stopper. Not all test failures have the same relative weight towards the overall success or lack of success on a project. You can employ helpful test automation reporting tools, like Zebrunner
, to make the processes easy.
Make sure that your code is somewhat stable before plunging into the effort of automating its testing. Even though you are highly likely to be working in agile environments
, the timing of the automation testing has to coincide with points where the application is stable enough. Otherwise, your work will be pointless and incur costs for substantial reworking both on the development and testing sides.
Assessing the timeline and learning curve for the chosen testing tool will facilitate your planning of team effort and drafting the project budget. Consider which specialists with what level of expertise you need and how long additional training or retraining might take. Also, pick tools that match the existing budget to have a promising start to your project.