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Scriptless Test Automation: Transforming Software Testing

09 Jul 2018

Scriptless Test Automation: Transforming Software Testing

In recent years, there were several changes in the world of technology. The same has happened in the software testing world where Test Automation has evolved to facilitate rapid software releases at the highest quality. Automation has always been interesting, as it reduces the mundane testing efforts and accelerates the testing process. These days, almost every organization is automating test cases. However, the ROI is not always well anticipated. Often, the tools are blamed for the negative ROI, yet the real reason associated with failed test automation are the long hours required to create the test automation suite, the need for specialized development resources, the difficulty of scripting and maintenance, the lack of test data management strategy, and a lack of involvement of the subject matter experts.

Challenges Involved with Test Automation

Traditional test automation techniques sometimes turn out to be ineffective in meeting the business demands of rapid application delivery and quicker time-to-market, resulting in a new set of challenges. Here are some of the main challenges.

Challenges in Test automation

– Lack of quicker feedback:
In traditional QA methods, the scripts are developed only after the application is built and stabilized. Early feedback, which is essential for the reduction of the cost of quality in Agile development, is thus rarely available.

– Substantial upfront investment:
Large upfront investments are needed due to complex scripting environments and tools, also large investments are needed for test infrastructure, and hiring and training of skilled resources.

– Maintenance issues:
Considering that development teams are increasingly reliant on process automation, automation components need to transform regularly and consistently in response to changes in the application under test. The subsequent expenses arising in maintaining these scripts take away the advantages that automation can bring.

– Change of focus:
The prime objective of the testing team has moved from testing the functionality of the application to the technical development and execution of scripts.

Minimum stakeholder contribution: In conclusion, the key holdups in adopting traditional QA methods are the issues faced by functional and business teams in understanding automation scripts. Extra effort is required to make them available to non-technical users, leading to reduced collaboration between the functional specialists and automation teams.

Related: 6 Recommendations for Driving Business Value from Test Automation

One of the solutions to maximize the scalability of test automation is scriptless test automation.  Scriptless test automation enables the testers and business users to automate test cases without worrying about the coding. It helps to achieve faster results and reduces the time expended to understand the code. The major benefits of scriptless automation are outlined in detail below.

A catalyst between business analysts and technical experts: The scriptless nature of the tests enables the participation of business users and serves as a facilitator for communication between business analysts and technical experts. It becomes easier for the business analysts and functional experts to converse and review test cases.

Reduces time to automate efficiently: The quicker you automate, the earlier you get the desired results. Using scriptless automation, the testing team can automate large test suites rapidly. The speed of delivery, as well as the go-to-market time, improves rapidly. Besides this, it decreases the time spent on automation. This ensures early detection of bugs during the software development lifecycle.

Eradicates technical obligation: Integrating smarter framework design upfront can eradicate the future costs that arise from augmented script maintenance effort. The technical obligation associated with scripts is therefore eliminated.

Quicker script design and development: A simple and non-complex test design and development process, along with the instinctive user interface, empowers the quicker development of tests.

Infrastructure as code (IAC): Reasons why implement IAC

Conclusion

Scriptless automation is an eccentric testing approach that brings exceptional benefits, such as quality and cost savings, at the initiation of the development phase. This process makes automation simpler and easier, and also allows stakeholders to play an active role during the test automation process. Testers are able to focus on their chief objectives, rather than developing a framework which simply enables quicker testing. Scriptless test automation is, hence, a perfect solution to shift-left which caters to the needs and requirements of Agile testing.

TestingXperts’ profound knowledge and ability to perform scriptless automation has delivered significant savings in the cost and effort of test design and maintenance for our clients. TestingXperts have achieved a substantial reduction in test design and maintenance efforts that resulted in enhanced quality and provided quicker feedback from automated testing.

 

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