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Overcome Challenges with Automated Testing

Overcome Challenges with Automated Testing

The world is becoming more fast-paced than ever with no signs of slowing down any time soon. As a result, companies have a strong incentive to launch their products for public consumption as soon as possible. However, companies in the business of building software need to spend a substantial amount of time on testing before their products are ready for the market. Companies can either run manual tests or automated tests to identify and fix bugs and other issues.

If you’re thinking about jumping on the automated testing bandwagon, here are a few tips that will help you avoid the pitfalls of automated testing.

Don’t Rush to the Automation Testing Step

Organizations that are new to automation testing should avoid rushing to the software testing step. Instead, they should pause and do some thorough planning beforehand. Many organizations have made the mistake of choosing an automation tool without doing much planning, only to find that the assessment wasn’t comprehensive enough.

Don’t Rely Entirely On a User Interface to Drive Testing

Another common mistake that organizations make is relying entirely on an user interface to drive testing. This means that these organizations open up a mobile simulator or a browser and form a connection with the back end over the web. While this approach works, at least initially, it is very slow. Many organizations find that this approach works well for the first few weeks when running checks are brief. However, with time, it can take hours or even days to conduct testing. The longer testing takes, the more likely that something will go wrong, leading to the corruption of the results, which means the process will need to be started all over again.

Don’t Allow Test Automation Tools to Execute Everything

To avoid facing challenges with automated testing, you shouldn’t rely on the test automation tools to execute everything. When it comes to test automation managers, the test automation tool may not sufficiently investigate bugs. Rather, the software may run yes/no questions and then spit out the results. Software that does this is checking and not truly testing, which means software bugs will go unidentified.

Therefore, you shouldn’t depend on the test automation tool to perform the whole testing strategy and execution process. There needs to be human intervention in the form of someone taking a look at the data and deciding which problems to patch and determining which features are likely doable. The team of engineers you hire will then design new tests for the tool to execute. This process should continue until the software is bug-free.

Have Programmers on Board: and if you don’t…

Many organizations are surprised to learn that test automation tools require coding. At some point in the test project, the need for someone to write an algorithm or program to check whether the software passes a new requirement. Therefore, you need to have testing teams who are adept at coding. This is particularly true if you don’t already have programmers on board.

For most organizations, the best option is to hire a company that offers testing services. Such a company will have skilled testing engineers who will use automated testing tools to find even the most inconspicuous of bugs.

Even though many organizations will face a few obstacles and challenges with automated testing, they will still have no trouble identifying the many merits of automated testing over manual testing. For more information about overcoming the challenges of automated testing, don’t hesitate to contact us.

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