7 Ways To Increase the Cost-Effectiveness Of DevOps Testing Automation

DevOps testing automation is the key to achieving the rapid delivery, scalability, security, collaboration, and monitoring that allows today’s agile teams to be highly productive.

Testing automation enables businesses to increase efficiency and improve ROI by:

  • Shortening development cycles and implementation time.
  • Reducing time-to-market.
  • Increasing the productivity of business units and IT teams.
  • Lowering cost associated with development and deployment.
  • Streamlining workflow through process standardization.
  • Minimizing human errors.
  • Improving the quality, reliability, and reusability of system components.

However, having the ability to automate doesn’t mean you should automate anything and everything.

Since there’s an upfront investment in purchasing software, standardizing processes, programming automation, and providing employee training, it’s important that you’re implementing testing automation strategically to maximize cost-efficiency and optimize your ROI.

7 Ways To Increase the Cost-Effectiveness Of Testing Automation

Here’s how to get the most of DevOps testing automation:

1. Identify Workflows Involved

Take inventory of all the applications, data stores, and workflows in your development process. Identify common components (e.g., repetitive tasks) to decide which ones are worth investing the time and efforts to set up automation. 

2. Select Processes To Automate

Select workflows that can benefit most from automation. For example, processes that are high in volume, require three or more users to execute manually, rely upon time-sensitive activities, and impact various systems are good candidates for automation. On the other hand, those that require human involvement at multiple decision points and show low ROI should not be automated.

3. Improve And Standardize Processes

The workflows you’re automating should be optimized so it’s as efficient as possible. After all, automating a flawed process just makes a bad workflow happen faster! Upon selecting the workflows to automate, review and fix any inefficiency before setting up automation.

4. Increase Test Coverage Gradually

Start your automation with the simplest workflows and repetitive tasks. Many of them may actually take up most of your testing time so prioritizing them can yield immediate ROI. This will also help you understand how to best utilize the automation software and allow your team to familiarize themselves with the testing tool.

5. Build Test Cases That Isolate Each Element

Create test cases such that each would test one aspect so it’ll be easy to identify what goes wrong when a test case fails. Also, build reusable components instead of bundling multiple tests. You can then reuse the logic in different test cases to minimize the time required to write new test cases.

6. Create Independent and Self-Contained Test Cases

Save time and increase productivity by creating test cases that aren’t dependent on each other so they can be scheduled and executed simultaneously across different environments. Test cases that need to be executed in a particular order can undermine the flexibility and agility of the QA process, which are the inherent benefits of automation.

7. Select the Right Testing Automation Tool

Choose a testing automation software with functionalities that can support all your current workflows and test cases. In addition, identify applications and technologies across the organization that are potential targets for automation so you can maximize the long-term ROI of your investment.

Look for a testing automation tool that:

  • Uses a cloud-based platform to deliver scalable, reliable, and accessible services.
  • Allows you to develop and maintain scripts quickly and easily. 
  • Enables continuous development, continuous integration, continuous testing, and continuous deployment.
  • Provides cross-browser and cross-platform testing in various environments.
  • Allows you to reuse functional scripts for multiple tests so you can save QA time and efforts. 
  • Supports keyword- and data-driven testing.
  • Allows you to manage the complete QA lifecycle, from test generation to detailed reporting, all in one place.
  • Offers 24/7 support, e.g., you can get help from customer service, self-service knowledge base, and user community.
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Conclusion

Testing automation is key to lowering cost, improving QA efficiency, and shortening the development cycle. However, you need to plan and implement the process strategically in order to optimize the workflow and get the highest ROI.

In addition, when selecting a testing automation solution, it’s important to keep your organization’s unique circumstances and priorities in mind so you can create processes that meet your business objectives.

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