Making the Shift from Manual to Automation Testing

Are you sick of executing repetitive tests? Tired of performing monotonous test runs over and over again? Is the testing phase in your software taking up way too much time? If yes, it’s time to shift to test automation!

The advantages of test automation in the software industry are well-known. Test automation can improve testing efficiency and enhance productivity. It also supports agile development and DevOps methodologies, which center around faster release cycles and continuous testing. Shifting to test automation can help you release products faster and gain a competitive advantage. Here are some of the ways you can begin to make the shift today.

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Start Small


Transitioning to automation can seem unnerving at first. Lack of automation expertise and resources, high costs, and the sheer number of test cases that require automation, all can make organizations hesitant to make the change.

The key here is to start small. Don’t get overambitious by trying to automate everything at once or by creating overcomplicated strategies that sound good on paper but are a nightmare to execute. Failed strategies can lower confidence and prevent teams from implementing further changes. Set realistic and practical goals.

Begin by shifting a small percentage of manual test cases towards automation, and then increase that percentage over time. Start with a small project, automating test cases that have higher priority, are executed repeatedly, or are critical for business goals. By taking it slow, you will find it easier to fix any issues that arise and feel more confident in your automation capabilities. A test management tool like Testworthy an also make the process easier. Remember, slowly but surely wins the race!

Develop an Automation Strategy


Design a good test automation strategy. Having short-term and long-term goals can provide your team with direction and clarity. Everyone should be on the same page concerning the distribution of duties and the process for implementing automation.

Test automation is not magic. Modernizing testing procedures can only take you so far. For any new undertaking to succeed, there needs to be a strong foundation of work practices in place. Assess your team dynamics and establish a positive work culture, clear lines of communication, team harmony, and good test case management. With the right strategizing and planning, you can reach your automation objectives successfully.

Build a Powerful Team


Teams can make or break your project. Make sure to have at least one test automation expert in your team to guide and lead the rest of the members. Create cross-functional teams so testers can consult developers to introduce automation where it is most required. Keep communication open between teammates, customers, and other stakeholders and get continuous feedback to improve your procedures and make alterations where required. Test management tools can also help in enhancing team coordination by providing a centralized platform for collaboration.

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Upgrade Your Skills


Learning never stops. Make sure your team members continue to build their knowledge and skills. Gather information on the latest testing practices, frameworks, and tools. Expand your knowledge bases through courses, certifications, tutorials, and guided projects. You can also learn to utilize test management tools to organize workflows.

Encourage your team members to start building programming and coding skills so they can write automated test scripts. If your team is not equipped with technical know-how, you can start with low-code or codeless automation solutions. However, do not depend on these long term as they only offer limited features and control. Coding skills are indispensable for automation and valuable investment with significant returns.

Automate Selectively


Not every test needs to be automated. Repetitive tests are a good candidate for automation. For example, data-driven tests repeat for different inputs or cross-browser tests repeat across different browsers. Performance, regression, and smoke tests can also be automated. Test management tools can aid in automation and help you monitor test cases.

However, sometimes automation is not suitable, such as when testing for usability or new functionalities. This is because some problems require human intervention and creativity and cannot be predicted by algorithms. For example, exploratory testing cannot be automated because only humans can forecast the various ways in which users might stray from defined task flows to explore applications in new ways.

When selecting test cases for automation, consult with other teammates and keep in mind application goals, existing team capabilities, and resource availability so you can delegate tasks or train/hire employees accordingly. Teams can also be trained in test case management to make automation easier.

Choose the Right Tools and Setup


The wide selection of open-source and commercial automation tools available in the market can often be overwhelming. Conduct thorough research on which automation tools and supporting software fit your project requirements and choose accordingly. The choice of tool can be dependent on a variety of factors including project goals, budget allocation, team expertise, etc. Additional complementary products such as test management tools should also be finalized.

Get Started!


Now that you have made all the important decisions, jump right in! Configure your automation tools and integrate them with other platforms such as test case management tools where required. Store the automation code you write on a centralized code repository so code changes by teammates are automatically integrated and updated and you have a data backup.

Monitor the Return on Investment (ROI) of your automation efforts and adjust your strategy to concentrate on areas that are giving high returns. Use test management tools to aid collaboration and simplify test case management.

Conclusion


Shifting to test automation provides countless benefits. Testers can build their skill sets while companies can save time and money and increase efficiency. Test automation is here to stay, and it can make your life a whole lot easier, so start your new testing journey today!