In today’s competitive world, producing a high quality software product is not the only priority but time-to-market (TTM) and cost of quality (COQ) are also very important factors for businesses to stay ahead of their competition. Such tough and demanding times have thrown a challenge for QA teams to continuously exceed the quality standards and accelerate the testing cycles.

Test Automation can be one such helpful strategy to achieve faster time to market at much reduced costs. Test automation is a strategic decision dependent on development stability, maturity of testing processes and overall expected business objectives. But broadly speaking one can count on the following benefits of test automation:

•Reduces the number of required test cycles and involves less people to execute test cycles.
•Enhances the repeatability, reporting & the ability to run unattended regression suites.
•Apart from test execution, other areas of the testing process may be automated, such as administrative tasks and any routine tasks in preparation.

 

Citizencrane Solution’s Test Automation offering includes the following:

POC (Proof-of-Concepts): This is a critical phase to understand if the product (or specific areas) has matured to undergo test automation or which are the right set of tools for test automation. If this activity is overlooked or not performed correctly then test automation may not yield desired results. Our test automation specialist performs this activity in three (3) different steps:

1. Feasibility Study for Test Automation (TA)

• Understanding of the business, product features
• Understand the product roadmap, testing processes, product stability, test cases
• Understand the technology stack, third-party tools used if any

2. Evaluate & Identify automation tool

  • Evaluate different test automation tools
  • Create sample scripts for some complex screens

3. Identify Test Automation framework (TAF)

  • Evaluate the best single framework
  • Create automation scripts with the identified framework

The key deliverables of the above exercise are Test Automation Feasibility Study Document calculating the potential ROI from test automation.

Test Automation Framework (TAF) Development: This stage is focused on creating the automation strategy, automation developing scripts and then accelerating the testing cycles.

Elaboration & Construction:
Test Engineers review the functional requirements and prepare the test cases using different techniques such as boundary value analysis, equivalence partition, control flow testing, data validation, and usability or decision table.

Also, a traceability matrix is prepared to measure if all the requirements are tested. Test Lead creates this mapping and refers at critical decision times.

1. TAF Planning & Strategy   

  • Identify the test cases that need to be automated. (automation candidates)
  • Prioritize automation candidates & estimate the corresponding effort
  • Create an automation delivery schedule

2. Develop Automation Script

  • Setup the test automation environment where the application is hosted
  • Install the most stable build in this environment
  • Setup automation code repository

3. Automation Scripts Execution & Reporting   

  • Execute automation scripts
  • Analyze the defects reported in automation status report and log defects

 The key deliverables of this phase are Automation Strategy, Automation Schedule, Test Automation Scripts and Test Automation Reports (test summary, test automation coverage, test automation script creation rate etc).

Citizencrane Solution Automation Testing Exposure
Citizencrane Solution has expertise in various commercial and open source automation testing tools:

  • Commercial Tools
  • Open Source Tools
  • Custom Scripts