Automated testing tools as a rule are supposed to make life easier as getting these tools to execute the pre-scripted tests is more time and cost-saving than involving QA pros in carrying out these tests by hand. Moving to test automation is considered a no-brainer.
However, test automation projects prove much more challenging than that. They rely on scripting skills which many testers lack. Besides, despite the initial phase of setting tools up and writing scripts proves the most challenging in an automation project, really successful projects in no way go on autopilot.
Here are 4 main reasons why test automated projects are a big deal all the same.
- A test automation project is still a software development project.
If you fail to grasp this notion fully, you are doomed for disaster. Test automation tools can’t be set up without the team members able to write code which poses a great hurdle for testers lacking coding skills. This challenge is met best by mastering coding skills rather than shying away from the projects which demand them. Today companies are searching for testers able to automate, and those who have no coding skills are usually left behind.
- You won’t be good at automated testing unless you are good at manual testing.
Your manual or automated test project success is ultimately relying on testing that set of things which are most likely to provide software with the highest-quality to the user. Not knowing what you should test means not being ready to automate your testing process.
- Test automation is not just testing with added automation.
A major misconception about automated tests is that they are easy to maintain. But in fact many agree that automated testing is even harder than manual. That’s because you can’t just add your automated tests to your existing test process. First you must rethink the entire approach. Answering the questions which tests to automate and which ones to leave manual requires a bit of creative thinking.
- Automated testing autopilot won’t help.
After a team completes automated testing setup successfully, it tends to keep running those same tests all over again which is a bad mistake. Running a greater number of tests faster won’t result in higher software quality. The most effective automated testing projects, instead, are never complete. Testers should keep musing over which tests help them produce the best-quality software and script them accordingly after they make the decision. Such approach helps reach success with your automated testing tools. On the other hand, running old tests in the autopilot mode guarantees you troubles very soon.
Understanding of these challenges will help QA managers beware of some common pitfalls, assess the readiness for test automated more accurately and set realistic expectations as for upcoming projects.