What does “Continuous Testing” mean?
Many companies are trying to accelerate their development cycles so that they can deliver more business value faster and stand out from the competition. Unfortunately, developing more functionalities faster can also lead to software errors or bugs not being caught in time. To accelerate development cycles while continuing to deliver high software quality, organizations must adopt continuous testing and test automation.
Continuous Testing (or CT) is often mentioned in the context of an Agile or DevOps development process. A Continuous Testing process allows the development team and QA specialists to test an application quickly, easily and regularly thanks to automated tests. For software that requires frequent updates, such as a web or mobile application, continuous testing allows the development team to test an application on a regular basis, such as once per day, to identify errors or software bugs, ensure that a high software quality is being shipped and prevent software quality from regressing over time.
A well-integrated Continuous Testing process can make the difference between a regular update and a risky situation. In today’s software-driven world, an update that does not satisfy user in terms of software quality can have disastrous consequences for your company and your brand.
Why should you implement continuous testing?
Thanks to test automation and continuous testing, developers and QA specialists can discover errors and bugs faster and with much more precision. As soon as an error is introduced into a module or a functionality, automated tests can identify the source of this error, allowing developers to correct the issue quickly and efficiently. Moreover, continuous testing can provide the team with useful data that facilitates the decision-making process. For example, test data can help the development team determine more confidently whether or not an update is ready to be launched.
Implementing a continuous testing process
Development and quality assurance process can vary greatly from one organization to the next depending on the technological environment, the business needs of the company and many other factors. If your quality assurance process is currently entirely manual, don’t try to implement a fully automated continuous testing process all at once. You should start instead with a simple pilot project that allows you to implement test automation first, then a continuous testing process gradually. Many different tools on the market, such as Jenkins, can help you improve automation within your development process. A complete and versatile test automation platform, like Askida CT, will also come in handy. Do some research first to determine which tools and platforms allow you to accomplish your objectives. If you need help with this, our specialists can also do a complete review of your development and quality assurance processes and technological environment to make key recommendations and accompany your team in this transformation.
The next step is to automate a simple task, then gradually move on to automating more complex tasks. Your end goal should be not only to improve software quality for your application, but also lower the amount of time required to test your application in depth (moving from a few weeks to a few hours, for example) and the way the majority of the tests are executed (moving from an entirely manual testing process to a process that’s more automated than manual, for example).
Over time, little by little, you’ll reduce the amount of efforts required to test your application in depth. This will allow your development team to focus more on developing new functionalities and modules while relying on a solid quality assurance process that provides them with reliable and frequently updated test data.
In the world of software, quality is one of the most important differentiators. Implementing a continuous testing process within your organization can allow you to improve software quality, the velocity of your team and your capacity to measure software quality.
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