Unlock the Key to Expanding Your DevOps Testing Strategy - Automate Software Delivery Lifecycle
DevOps is all about streamlining and automating your entire software delivery lifecycle. Most DevOps testing strategies start with organizations adopting the agile best practice of Continuous Integration (CI), where developers check code into a shared repository several times a day. Each check-in is then verified by an automated build, allowing teams to detect errors and conflicts as soon as possible. Automation framework and CI tools such as Jenkins and Bamboo are also used to build, test and deploy applications automatically when requirements change in order to speed up the release process.
The last stage of a CI/CD DevOps pipeline is Continuous Delivery where, once an application passes all the required tests, it's released into production. For all intents and purposes, this means releasing every good build to users. The upside of Continuous Delivery is that it allows delivery of new functionality to users within minutes whenever it's needed, as well as instant feedback to the DevOps testing team that, in turn, allows them to respond rapidly to customer demand. A big CD downside is the risk of releasing buggy software into production faster, which will alienate end-users and cause your company to lose customers.
Test automation is critically important when you're trying to deploy software frequently into production. Automating the framework of tracking and managing different tests can be a challenge for many companies, especially those where the software testing lifecycle is a hybrid of waterfall and agile software development methodology or where teams are transitioning from one methodology to another. A fundamental aspect of agile DevOps pipelines is the notion of shared responsibility for attaining the highest quality. On agile teams, everyone is equally responsible for the quality of the product or the success of the project. This means testing is done by the whole team, not just designated testers or quality assurance professionals, including team members whose primary expertise may be in programming, business analysis, database or system administration. Team members whose expertise is in DevOps testing or using a particular testing tool aren't limited to only doing that activity--they can also collaborate with customers or business owners on product requirements and work with other members of the team to develop high-quality code that fulfills those requirements.
Overcome Automation Adoption Challenges with Zephyr’s DevOps Testing Automation Tool, Vortex
Luckily, Zephyr's new Vortex product allows users--wherever they are in your organization-- to integrate, execute, and report on test automation activities in a single click. This will help your organization consolidate automation from different parts of your build chain, right inside Zephyr. With Vortex, your organization can expand its automation footprint in multiple ways. First, you can expand the user base that can use automation so it's no longer relegated just to developers and automation engineers. During user acceptance testing, for example, you may want your business users to execute automated test cases. You can then also surface all that rich automation information to a larger audience-- including developers, testers, QA managers and executives-- that may care about the status of a particular release.
Vortex provides an intuitive screen that lets users access both manual and automated test cases at the same time.
This allows DevOps testing teams to better monitor their overall automation effort (that is, the number of manual versus automated tests) from one release to another. Using Vortex metrics and reports, users can trace distribution-, execution-, defect-, and requirements-based metrics as well as trend charts--instantly, via real-time dashboards.
This increased communication framework promotes 'agility in automation' for software teams that are transitioning from waterfall to agile methodology. In addition to being able to create and reuse manual tests, Zephyr makes it easier to bring in and work with automation information from across your development stack, including from systems external to your organization.
By giving users a complete picture of automated and non-automated test cases, Vortex will increase the release velocity of applications within your DevOps pipeline.
See for yourself how Vortex automation can enhance your DevOps testing strategy. If you are not already using Zephyr, start your free trial and unlock the power of test automation and much more.