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Employing Right Strategy for Mobile App Testing Automation

Employing Right Strategy for Mobile App Testing Automation

Over the years mobile apps have become almost a core enterprise strategy. With the increasing competition, not just newest and most innovative ideas are found of great importance but also the user experience that these apps offer. Thus, to make your app completely bug-free has become important before you finally launch it. This need of making your app bug-proof has lead to the requirement of better testing strategy giving rise to the need of mobile test automation.

However, not all strategies are meant for every software type. This is why for different app type, a different strategy is needed. To pick the right strategy, it is important to consider certain factors.

Below you have the factors; a brief look at them will get you right decision.

Check if your test will do well for numerous or infinite permutation and combinations?

Most of the comprehensive strategies hold good for target devices that are relevant and special parameters for network infrastructure. For improving the testing strategies, any app maker needs to bring into use a combination of manual and automated testing tools that work effectively both for functional and non-functional areas. This increases the importance of choice of tools for getting your application well tested and then hit the market right on time without exceeding your budget.

How to overcome the challenges faced in mobile test automation process?
It is no difficult a task to overcome all kinds of challenges that one may have to face while conducting a mechanized testing process. Taking care of a certain factors can make things go smoothly. First on the list is to choose a powerful framework. This can be created if you simply optimize your choices for target devices by mixing simulators and real devices. Second, you’ll need to have a proper support for the app mobile platform together with other factors such as script reusability, ownership cost, and other expenses.

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Testing Automation – Myth Demystification & Right Approach

An Introduction to Testing Automation

Testing automation is a boon in many ways. It assures better defect finding without the involvement of too much of strenuous efforts. However, it has to be noted that it cannot provide a complete substitution for human capacity required for designing and execution of the process, where a high level of mindfulness may be needed.

The Myths that Rule the Industry

Though it is true that a high demand for automation has become a norm for the industry, there are certain myths surrounding the fact. Many do feel that every new project has a requirement for it. Some even believe that with the increase in the usage of this new age testing methodology, there doesn’t remain the need of writing the test cases or run any manual testing process at all or even undergo any kind of impact analyses of the process.

One needs to remember this methodology is to remove the defects and lessen the efforts and not to change the entire scenario of the process. The other related elements still remain important and they cannot be nullified.

Demystification of the Myth

Mechanized efforts will surely improve the quality of the activities involved in the process and ensure higher efficiency of the tests conducted. But this cannot in any case completely nullify the human capacity needed for well thought out planning, high quality designing, and reasonable execution of a process. In this paper, you’ll learn vital aspects of testing mechanization and how it can be used in more effective manner.

To state it briefly and more precisely, any process should be automated in a gradual manner and that too after you’ve got hold of a proper repository for test case that includes all the assumptions made, clear-cut Quality Check and Quality Assurance processes along with a well-defined draft of testing objectives decided. Again proper estimation for the tasks and related objectives and vice-versa would be needed before you automate the process.

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Importance of Functional Software Testing

Importance of Functional Software Testing

Almost similar to black box testing, functional software testing is an efficient method to validate the stability of an application. It is one of the common methods known and is far more popular than any other testing techniques. One of the main reasons behind its popularity is its usage during the development phase. Other than that, it is used for testing whether a particular piece of software is capable enough to be used by the organization or it has issues or technical glitches.

Why such a testing is often needed?

Often, a new code or program is added to the existing software. At such times, it is essential to have the system, i.e. the software along with its newly added and previously available functionality tested to know whether it is still working after the modifications.

As the test will require you to include the components of the application, the network, and the code database of the entire system software, it will also help you make out if everything within the software system from its code to its design structure is working in equilibrium. In other words, it will verify how smooth each of the parts of the system works when put together.

How to Benefit the Most From the Testing Practice?

In order to ensure that your functional software testing process turns out to be successful and remains completely result oriented throughout the process, it gets important that you take care of the extension of the requisite within your management policy. With a working management policy, you’ll be able to clearly mention the methodology for developing the test cases for testing particular features scheduled for the market release.

Again, the management should have a proper description of the ways to map out the cases for converting them into test cases capable of verification. This way, it will be easier to ensure if the software is capable enough to satisfy the functionality requirements. At the same time, it will prove beneficial in making sure that the software functionality remains unchanged even when you have introduced modifications into it.

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Why do you need automation teams, why not empower your testers?


The Current Approach to Test Automation is flawed
Since the dawn of the software era, companies have been trying to automate the most mundane tasks like regression testing. Unfortunately very few companies have been successful. The HPs, IBMs, and Microsoft’s of the world have the best-in-breed test automation solutions for their customers and in addition to it open source tools like Selenium and others are available for free. In spite of all the tool availability, 80% of the companies in the world are still below a 20% automation level. Specialized software companies are today addressing this challenge utilizing new approaches.

Testers and business analysts specialize in business processes. They have sound knowledge of the domain and business processes, and are critical in designing and defining the test scenarios. Running these well defined tests is a necessary evil, but using testers and business analysts to run these tests frequently is not the best use of their talent. To make the best use of their testers’ time, organizations realized the need for a test automation tool. They either licensed a test automation tool – QTP, Test Complete, Ranorex, Rational Functional Test, Silk Test, TFS – or used an open source tool like Selenium, Selendroid, Robotium, Robo framework, etc. In most cases, these test automation tools were handed directly over to the testing teams, with the assumption that the testers could simply use this “Test Automation” tool, and everything would be automated. However, they were only able to move the automation needle from 0% to 8-9%, which resulted in making the overall cost higher than testing everything manually!

When organizations realized that the test automation tools were too complex to be used by testers, they created automation teams. Today, test automation tools are owned mostly by a new team called the “Automation Team”, and the automation needle has moved up from 8-9% to 15-20%. This approach is still more expensive than testing the apps manually, and the addition of yet another team in the process has resulted in the need for an automation framework, additional management oversight, etc.

Companies are forced to deal with the complexity of the test automation tools, and are building automation frameworks or adding third party solutions like Qualitia, Turnkey C-Factory etc.. to ease the pain. A few firms have totally eliminated automation and are back to manual testing.

The primary objective for test automation was to take away the routine regression test execution burden from the creative testers. To achieve the objective, organizations bought test automation tools. To address the complexities of the test automation tools, companies formed automation teams. To address the complexities of test automation tools, companies built frameworks or purchased third party frameworks. All to achieve a 15-20% automation level. And in many cases, at a higher cost.
What companies need instead is a simple tool in the hands of their testers and business analysts, so that they can automate their routine business process executions and focus on the business outcome rather than the technical outcome.

Verifaya is one of script less test automation platform more suitable for testing teams to automate their mundane jobs like smoke tests and regression tests.
Verifaya is an automation platform that is script less hence easy to use by all testers with small learning curve. It has inbuilt libraries, hence automation is faster and no need to build reusable functions. Verifaya supports all latest technologies and devices, hence no need to use multiple tools for automation. Verifaya has an inbuilt framework, hence test cases are available within couple of weeks for running regression suites on software builds and most suitable for agile software development. Verifaya integrates with external test management, defect management; continuous integration etc., hence fits well into software development ecosystem seamlessly.

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