Beginning a career in automation testing can be a great start to finding a fulfilling job in the software development world. While automation testing will require some trial and error, there are a few common tips you can follow to keep the transition smooth.
Common mistakes of beginners
Being new at anything means making mistakes. Follow this ultimate guide for automation testing to try and avoid common pitfalls. Being able to identify what should be automated and what can be kept as manual is important.
Proper training is also needed, not only for you though. All team members should be properly trained and educated. Return on Investment also needs to be closely paid attention to.
Make sure to choose the proper tool as well. Read reviews and find one that fits all your needs.
The Dos of Test Automation
Try not to switch all your units to automated at the same time. Projects can change often, so changing them all at one time can end up wasting time. Start with one project, then switch more projects accordingly.
Don’t fix or change things that will have to be changed again in the future.
Employ skilled professionals
Many software developers have some automated tool skills, but not all of them. You will need to look for someone that has used your tool before and already knows the ins and outs.
Look for someone that has done automated testing for at least a few years and who is confident in their knowledge and skills. Do all your testing with a professional before trying anything yourself.
You can also hire a professional to train employees you already have. This will give them new opportunities and give them a new skillset.
Only automate the tests that need automation
Despite the advantages of automated testing, some tests still need to be performed manually. If the test does not need to be run frequently or will have variable inputs, leave it to the manual analyst.
It’s important to consider the Return on Investment before beginning automation as well.
Set schedule and priorities
Setting a schedule of what to automate and deciding which ones to do first is crucial to success. You want to make sure you are getting adequate test coverage.
Keep the crucial areas more heavily tested. Functions are easier to test but often don’t need as frequent or as large of a quantity of testing.
Set priorities accordingly.
Don’t ignore development
Requirements are always changing and evolving, this means further development is always needed. Try not to set up the automation and then move on to the next item without looking back.
Always checking in on progress and development will make sure all the functions are still working smoothly.
Don’t run everything at the same time
Some areas won’t have to be tested every time, so don’t test them. This is just wasting time and energy. If you have constantly run tests, make sure they have clear objectives and functions. Constantly running tests are common and sometimes needed, just make sure tests aren’t being run without a purpose.
Keep all the objectives of every test clear.
Don’t cancel manual testing
Manual testing should not be replaced in every scenario. Manual testing is very important and still does a better job than automated testing in some cases.
Manual tests can still find bugs and issues that automated tests may look over. Keep your manual analyst around and allow them to keep performing their duties as necessary. You will also need manual testing to compare the automated testing results at the beginning.