Multiple automation tools drive testing efficiency

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By leveraging multiple test automation tools, QA teams can accelerate production cycles and reduce development costs.

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Sometimes QA management officials can become enamored with the idea of deploying a single, comprehensive automated testing solution for their needs. However, given the numerous features needed to support the various duties of a quality assurance department, it’s highly unlikely that such a product will ever materialize. Software development experts can’t even agree on which overarching method is the most effective, much less come to terms on a single solution for automation testing.

QA teams often benefit from utilizing test management software tools, pairing products to maximize their effectiveness. For instance, software programs can be integrated with JIRA to collaborate on requirements and issues that would have otherwise required tedious and time-consuming manual intervention. In this instance, quality assurance managers can improve their employees’ productivity and reduce the amount of time needed to create testcases, conduct evaluations and submit bug reports to developers.

With release cycles shrinking, more and more project teams are turning to automated testing to accelerate the testing process. Leveraging multiple test automation tools can help QA teams analyze more code in a shorter amount of time, giving them the ability to quickly return test results. In addition, different automation tools may target distinct aspects of the product for performance analysis. For instance, QA members may want to run both unit tests to analyze the code and functional tests to assess the application as a whole.

Decrease production times and costs
With multiple test automation tools in play, quality assurance departments can run several tests simultaneously. According to Atlassian, this method of reducing larger test batches into smaller groupings will speed up the evaluation process considerably. In addition, large test batches can be difficult for teams to assess, taking up additional time that QA teams simply cannot spare.

Leveraging several test automation frameworks can also help organizations bring their development costs down. Software Testing Genius noted that automated testing can significantly reduce the amount of funding spent on manual labor, as fewer employees are required to run an automated test process. Software development is consistently evolving and tool sets are often swapped out due to changes in methodologies or project team preferences. It is important to have an agile test management solution that can work with various automation tools and provides documented API’s so that the project team can control the integration. This way they are not stuck or venerable to the test management vendors support of the newly released updates.

“The cost of performing manual testing is prohibitive when compared to automated methods,” the source stated. “The reason is that computers can execute instructions many times faster and with fewer errors than individuals. Many automated testing tools can replicate the activity of a large number of users (and their associated transactions) using a single computer. Hence, load/stress testing using automated methods requires only a fraction of the computer hardware that would be necessary to complete a manual test.”

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