7 Reasons why we should be Automating Tests

Automation adds another tool to our arsenal to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our testing processes. Test automation can also help in reducing the recurring bugs (regressions) and increase the coverage of our tests.

Introduction

Even with lots of efforts by our development teams, we often find that bugs creep-in into our released products. Our test teams try to find them and development teams try to fix them before our products reach customer’s hands. Yet, we find that, even with best of our efforts, new bugs land up in our products and old bugs resurface.

Test automation is not a panacea. However, it adds another tool to our arsenal to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of our testing processes. Test automation can also help in reducing the recurring bugs (regressions) and increase the coverage of our tests.

One of the reasons for non-acceptance of test automation is that it is considered to be too expensive for small test teams. Our tools, Marathon and Marathonite, are affordable for even a single tester, yet flexible and powerful for large organizations.

Test Automation vs. Manual Testing

Manual Vs. Automated
Automation Vs. Manual Testing
Test automation doesn’t replace manual testing — it complements the manual testing. Once a test case is automated, the script can be executed multiple times either with different input data or different system configurations. Automation testing reduces the rote work performed by our testers thereby freeing them up to concentrate on more important and new features of the product. Automation testing, in some cases, allows a tester to perform tests that are impossible to perform manually.
There are many advantages (and some disadvantages) of test automation. Here are the top 7 reasons we identified how test automation helps.

Automating Tests Saves Time and Money

Test Automation Saves Money and Time
With the advent of agile development practices, most of our development teams do not keep testing to the final phase. The test teams involve from the upfront in the development effort. In this scenario, tests are executed during each of the development releases. Every time a new feature is added or an existing feature is modified — tests need to be executed for validating that the existing features are not impacted by the changes to the code. Further, each release of the software need to be tested against different hardware/software configurations.

The True ROI of Test Automation 

Automated tests run 5 times or more faster than manual tests. If we automate the tests of a development cycle, we’ll be able to re-test with minimal effort during the next cycle, allowing us to increase the size of the test suite, thus expanding coverage.

Automating tests can help in reducing the efforts needed for this type of testing. Once created, automated tests can be executed across multiple platforms, with different data sets. Automation for regressions is one of major benefits for a development team that saves time and money.

Increase Coverage by Automating Tests

Test Automation allows us to run tests on multiple configurations, with different data sets and without much of human intervention. Scenarios that take long time to complete and skipped during manual testing can be run unattended.

Automated test scripts can look into the application internals, external systems like database and file systems to validate the behaviour of the product.

Test Automation allows you to run thousands of test cases against multiple configurations — that is impossible to perform with manual testing.

Test Automation Removes Drudgery

Rote Work gets you Bored

Early in the career as a tester, the adrenaline rush we get from bug hunting motivates us for many months. The is excitement as good as we get when play video games or go on rides. Learning new things day-in and day-out is one of the great motivation for new testers. But as the learning-curve flattens out – we find that the testing gets very repetitive, monotonous and plain boring.

Even die-hard testers – who love testing for the sake of testing – admit to boredom at some point.

Automating Tests is Fun

Automation can remove some of the drudgery associated with this phase of testing. Automation is no replacement for manual testing, neither can automation solve the strategic issues of figuring out what tests to run, how to prioritise them. But test automation can help in reducing the routine tasks we perform in our daily testing.

Test Automation Comes to Rescue for load/performance testing

Performing a performance or load testing in a controlled environment is near to impossible for manual testers. With the help of tools, Test Automation can create tens, hundreds or thousands of virtual users to exercise your application.

Automated Load testing and performance testing are required to ensure that the application functions as expected. It also helps in finding the breaking points that require more work. Test Automation is the key in establishing this confidence, making the job easy and hassle-free for the testers.

Test Automation Improves Team's Morale

With the drudgery of repetitive, monotonous and plain boring testing out of the way, our test teams concentrate on what is important. This makes the work more challenging and rewarding – improving the team morale.

Test Automation Improves Reporting

Automated tests along with the results and scripts can be shared between the test and development teams, reducing the effort required to create reproducing steps. The application logs and stack traces can be shared reducing the debugging time for the development teams to identify the source of a defect.

Test Automation Enhances Reusability

Automated test tools allow you to reuse scripts. You do not need to create new scripts for each version of operating system or application. Over a period, the library of reusable scripts becomes a valuable asset for the test team and the cost of automating tests through scripts reduces.

A Shout for MarathonITE

Automating Functional Tests with MarathonITE 

Marathon Integrated Testing Environment – MarathonITE, is an affordable, easy-to-use, cross-platform test automation tool for Java/Swing™, Java/FX™ and Web applications. Using MarathonITE you can quickly automate your daily tests.

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