7 Main Practices of Test Automation in the Agile World

7 Main Practices of Test Automation in the Agile World

7 Main Practices of Test Automation in the Agile WorldApplying test automation you should carefully consider your decision and decide what, how and when to automate in order to achieve the boost of overall efficiency and coverage of your test. While most of practices helping to get as many benefits from test automation as possible can be applied regardless of the lifecycle, below you will find the main practices which are the most appropriate for automation in the agile environment.

1. Automation at the System Level

In agile the user interface is probably the first field that undergoes changes, as its design is usually very dynamic. To minimize the maintenance of test automation at the user interface level at the same time increasing coverage one should pay special attention to automation at the services and system levels.

2. Coverage-based Test Automation

Time factor is significant in the agile world. Focusing on code coverage runs and using instrumented builds this practice allows examine better the traceability of the test and find out the areas where there is not enough coverage yet.

3. Test Automation to Precede Manual Testing

Agile world totally changes the practices applied in the past when manual testing was conducted before automation. Now in view of the limited time frames the team often has to concentrate on test automation at once.

4. Test-driven Development

Creation of automation tests before source code development thus directing the process is becoming a common practice. Accordingly this method requires more collaboration of testers with the development team.

5. Testing Your Test Automation Code

Test Automation should be done like a usual product-development effort in the software development lifecycle. Do not forget to conduct testing of the test automation code, avoiding any test issues and verifying the code.

6. Tool Choice

In agile the right choice of a tool for automation is vital because of time constraints. There is a wide range of available tools including both commercial and open source solutions. But while making a decision pay attention to such factors as tool maintenance, its cost and integration capabilities.

7. Cross-team Code Usage

Sharing the test automation code allows other specialists besides the test team to use it. This makes the code more reliable and robust.

Adjusting to present agile development cycles you will appreciate the matters discussed above and will be able to provide a quality product within the short period of time.


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3 comments

  1. June 10, 2013 @ 1:56 pm TestingWhiz

    Really a useful post.This might be quite useful for the novice testers to get started like choosing tool for testing.

  2. June 12, 2013 @ 6:55 pm James Grenning

    Regarding number 4, are you speaking of story level tests? TDD usually refers to unit tests and are written by the programmer in a tight feedback loop: write a test, watch it fail, make it pass, refactor.

    Story level test-driven development, has testers and business people writing tests as a specification of what the production code must do.

    Regarding number 5, the production code tests the test code in most cases. It’s also a good idea to specifically write tests for test-doubles to document how they work and make sure they work that way.

  3. June 17, 2013 @ 12:34 pm TestingWhiz

    Thanks for sharing such a nice post.Unlike the traditional methods agile methodology can break the tasks into small chunks.Agile testing can be operated by anyone who is either new or experienced with agile methodologies.It ultimately reduces the manual labor involved.


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