Marketing TeamFeb 5 2019 in Blogs
Misconceptions About QA Automation
One of the most enduring myths that give businesses pause when they are contemplating QA automation is that it is a capital-intensive undertaking that is only meant for industry titans. This is simply not true. Businesses of every size and standing can benefit from QA automation, if they analyse what they stand to gain by investing in it.
The cost of QA automation cannot be viewed in isolation, it has to be calculated with respect to the return on the investment made in automation. Any project’s success depends on time and financial cost associated with every phase within the application’s lifecycle. In order to create a foolproof, reliable application, it has to undergo rigorous testing for quality assurance. QA itself can be a long and laborious process, which can significantly add to the cost of the final product.
To lower the time and financial implication of QA on the software’s schedule in the long run, improvements such as automation of repetitive and labour-intensive tests can prove to be a worthwhile investment, substantially reducing the man-hours spent on the QA process. Automating tasks such as test execution, result analysis, error correction, and test reporting takes a major burden off the testing team, and it can then focus on manually providing random and unpredictable testing inputs for certain scenarios, making the QA process even more thorough.
The team is also able to devise and administer explorative tests, which ultimately leads to the software of a much higher quality. Minimising the need for repetitive manual tests through automation also frees up resources to increase the test coverage area. In addition to the advantages briefly listed above, QA automation has many major business benefits, all of which, when combined, lead to greater ROI for businesses in the long run. Some of them are:
When testing is done as soon as the code for a certain phase of the application is completed, developers become privy to feedback and test results without any delay and are able to fix the defects in the code and return it for testing without any loss of time associated with long feedback loops. Automated testing allows for faster testing, faster defect detection, faster analysis and faster feedback and reporting. Detection of bugs early within the development lifecycle leads to faster delivery of superior quality, thoroughly tested software that is ready to be released in the market.
When QA is automated, the business needs fewer testers employed on each project, which leads to direct savings in terms of cost per project. Automation also reduces the need for the business to invest in writing test scripts. Automation also allows for the reuse of test scripts, when the business is engaged in the development of more than one application at a time. Automation also requires minimal manual input, making it possible for tests to be run non-stop, ensuring a more thorough testing environment.
Automation encourages testing!
When businesses adopt automation as a core value of their QA processes, it encourages developers to build applications that are more testable. When a product is put through a plethora of tests and each feature is tested in many different ways, the business obviously has a more stable product than its competitors. An application that is more testable also allows businesses to test faster and therefore got to market faster. In short, automation increases every stakeholder’s confidence in the product, which can only mean good things for the bottom line of business.
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