Migrate To Booming Automation From Script Creeping ??

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How To Migrate To Booming Automation From Script Creeping??
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How To Migrate To Booming Automation From Script Creeping??

The booming automation is necessary for every successful project. Automation testing will shorten development cycles avoid cumbersome repetative tasks and intern helps software quality.

If organized to see how manual QA can not catch complex defects , the percentage of getting such problem is higher where there is no automation support as QA spent most of the time during each release in regular testing.

The software testing group generally yields positive results early on. It is an evidence that the method of testing product has to change. With increasing project complexity and manual testing is inadequate to cover all testing,automation is the only only solution. We have one more way to cover the same by increasing manual tester.

It is not a good technique tough. Automation can reduce the human error factor completely. One of the easiest mistake to make when writing a scenario for an automation script is to fall prey to what is deferred as script creep.

Booming Automation

Script creep begins when automator find himself armed with easy to use modules and functions and begins thinking,while I am validating the configuration settings of this functionalities,why don’t I just go to the user interface and validate the object by manipulating it with data and while I am inputting data ,why not do a little analysis testing by running a few reports and knocking those tests out too? Looking out for things which are done manually that could be automated even if not everything can be. One more issue is with the offshore testing practice is that the development of scripts are cheap but the hidden charge comes in the form of maintenance.
This becomes nightmare to troubleshoot ,especially if something at the beginning of the scripts is the cause of the failure at the end of the script. So fast response is necessary.

Here is an article to check how to make automation faster. 

Every methods you use to prevent or find bugs leaves a residue of bugs against which those methods are inefficient now.So a problem can often be a catalyst for change provided that the change is seen to address the problem.

Overcome Automation Challenges:

To overcome is below are the techniques we can adopt:

  • Keep the scripts small.
  • Focus on one area of the product at a time.
  • Take a strategic call to determine  the major area of testing.
  • Easy and small scripts are easy to maintain keeping maintenance costs low and automation success is high.
  • We can develop our own tool and configure it such a way so that it can do what we want.
  • Give testers a say in the choice and design of embedded diagnostics within the software to aid test  verification.
  • Don’t afraid to change based on the test scenario but also venture the anomalies that results.
  • logging of fault diagonals.
  • Automators and their manager must understand the timeline and set realistic expectation.
  • It is always a good idea to automate bug testcases.
  • Always put one function or component with only one objective in that case failures can pin point the issue directly.

If automators are assigned to a different manager who can not think broad except the deliverable(s) creates tension between team as opinion differs. Those who own the tests feels that they have hardly anything to say out the test so as the automators. This leads to creeping of testing process and eventually body wants to own it and the process fails. A clear goal which is measurable is the best starting point for automation. Realigning the roles surely helps to mitigate the risk of ownership.The creeping problem can be overcome.

Common Misbelief  around Automation Testing

The second belief among management that the box states “Automatic” software testing not automated.So purchasing an expensive tool will never give us a quality test. Human effort is needed to make the tool work according to our need.Automation can really boom if the following factors are gained.

  • Nature of quality management
  • Maturity of quality process
  • System specifications
  • Test strategy process
  • A clear Test plan
  • A Matured system under Test
  • A great automation capability
  • Tools availability
  • Quality test process.

All these components need to work together to achieve a great success with test automation.If one or two lacks , it will go for a toss. Automators has to take this great pain to ensure that everyone’s concern is taken care for this critical harmony.

Requirement Gathering Issues:

Requirement related problems also put brakes in automation.Ambiguous words,undefined technical term ,use of acronyms,in complete ,non complete ,non measurable quantity are inherently used that stop automation to perform at a very fast pace.Apart from these quality requirements like- availability, interoperability, maintainability, performance,portability,reliability,robustness,safety and security,usability are missing in requirement. There could be off normal behavior of the application like-fault,error and reaction, that needs to be specified in the requirement. Requirements that are constantly changing is also not good for automation.

The critical parts for Test plan:

The critical parts for Test plan: In most of cases, there is no separate test plan available or  it is kind of overview (high level). it not is not very clear or specific. It is mostly One-Size fits to all document.

  • Development Notes: The scope of what is to be tested and what are to be agreed and disagreed,all signed noted and dated. we can also design around dead links,incorrect file upload
  •  History notes-Who,what,when details. The customer has to rely on system. A faulty system is a nightmare to its client,business and to all
Booming Automation
  • Objective details
  • Details test methods and techniques
  • Testcase priority and selection criteria
  • Shared information-Lookup tables,data,tables design and product description
  • Test data
  • Expected result what the system is suppose to do
  • Product bug information
  • Entry and exit criteria . Divide the system into small chunk and set entry and exit criteria for them basically divide and win.
  • Training needed and schedule for the testing
  • Tests must be executed into multiple environments.

MindSet of Manual tester a great resistant of Automation

One more contributor to the creeping automation is the resistance from manual testers,who does not have intention to write code,or help the automator thinking his job is on risk. As a result support from manual team slows down, resulting automation to creep for existence. Manual needs to understand automation is a helping hand and they will get more time to test going out of the box and find more bug. Automation on the other hand needs to look for areas of improvement that really helps manual to test other aspect of the application.

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