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Test Automation

Automation Testing means using an automation tool to execute your test case suite.   The automation software can also enter test data into the System Under Test ,  compare  expected and actual  results and generate detailed test  reports.

Test Automation demands considerable investments of money and resources. Successive development cycles will require execution of same test suite repeatedly. Using a test automation tool it's possible to record this test suite  and re-play it  as required. Once the  test suite is automated,  no human intervention is required . This improved ROI of Test Automation.

Goal of Automation is to reduce number of test cases to be run manually and not eliminate manual testing all together.

Why Automated Testing?

Automated testing is important due to following reasons:

  • Manual Testing of all work flows, all fields , all negative scenarios is time and cost consuming
  • It is difficult to test for multi lingual sites manually
  • Automation does not require Human intervention. You can run automated test unattended (overnight)
  • Automation increases  speed of test execution
  • Automation helps increase  Test Coverage
  • Manual Testing can become boring and hence error prone.

Which Test Cases to Automate?

Test cases to be automated can be selected using the following criterion to increase the automation ROI

  • High Risk - Business Critical test cases
  • Test cases that are executed repeatedly
  • Test Cases that are very tedious or difficult to perform manually
  • Test Cases which are time consuming

The following category of test cases are not suitable for automation:

  • Test Cases that are newly designed and not executed manually  atleast once
  • Test Cases for which the requirements are changing frequently
  • Test cases which are executed on ad-hoc basis.