All software testing comes with a level of risk, and automated testing is not immune to that risk. Even organizations that focus on agile methodology need to make sure that an appropriate amount of time and care is dedicated to the process before taking a product to market. Many businesses select an automation tool and assume it will manage all of their problems.
Initial test cases often lead to quick wins, but further developing the tool and creating a strong test portfolio takes effort. Additionally, many companies become overconfident based on automated test case results without accounting for the use of poorly defined tests and issues of inconsistency.
The use of Agile can shift focus onto the speed of development and release. While staying ahead requires moving swiftly, failing to avoid certain pitfalls associated with automation tools can lead to errors, subpar releases and unstable products. To avoid some of the risks associated with automated testing, here are some tips to follow.
Slow Down Implementation
Once an automation tool or solution is selected, it is important to dedicate a significant amount of time to planning. Implementing too quickly can lead teams to work on solving a particular issue within their overall testing strategy instead of seeing how the tools fit into the big picture.
It is critical to review Agile development and continuous testing principles and work to apply the concepts in a broad manner. That way, decisions are made based on the benefits that will be made available throughout the organization, including everyone from developers and testers to managers and executives.
A side effect of overconfidence in the automation tool or solution is failing to complete adequate amounts of testing. Rushing a product to market creates a sense of tunnel vision where reaching the end of the race to market is the sole focus. However, allowing that urgency to create an environment where testing becomes less thorough increases the risk of a notable defect reaching the consumer market.
Failing to catch certain defects before a product reaches the market can have long-lasting negative impacts on the company’s reputation. Over time, the affects the entirety of the brand, even if the issue was limited to a specific product offering, and affects customer loyalty.
Customers have high expectations regarding the functionality of their tech. Whether it is a mobile app, web-based application, large-scale software solution, or anything in between, failing to meet expectations will have consumers looking for alternative offerings.
Some organizations believe that using automated tools lessens the amount of technical expertise they need among their staff. However, automated testing still relies on a strong test infrastructure and competent code. Ignoring the human factor in the overall testing landscape can lead to shortcomings based on a lack of appropriate skills. And that can lead even the best testing tools and solutions to provide unreliable results.
Automated testing is intended to supplement the traditional testing process by eliminating certain tasks from an individual’s workload. However, it cannot fully stand in for all testing professionals. These tests are meant to be part of the development pipeline, but are not a reason to abandon traditional manual testing entirely.
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