Industry is sure moving to Automated Test execution. But as I say – Automation is confirmatory, Manual tests are more exploratory. Only Automation testing is not enough, so testers need to be good at finding bugs. “Finding Bugs” is one characteristic that differentiates a good tester from a mediocre tester. The basic principle is to combine things that programmers didn’t expect with common failure modes of your platform. Always remember, Testers don’t break the software. It is already broken. You just need to find those broken pieces and help make the software better.
Test Automation framework plays a vital role in the success or failure of any software automation project. For testers – it forms the foundation to a successful career. Software Testing involves multiple components like application-under-test, test cases, test data, test environment, etc. and a good automation framework needs to take care of all of these. In our pursuit to explore the topic of automation frameworks, let’s get started with collating different aspects of software testing that are to be taken care when designing a Test automation framework.
Defect Leakage is natural. It’s common. If you build a software, bugs will be there. Similarly even if you Test a software, you cannot prove their absence. But we can do our best to eliminate maximum of them. Typically in most of the projects even if you complete functional testing (system testing) without any time & cost constraints, still UAT team (Business) manages to catch some more bugs. Any idea why? There has to be something missing in the system test coverage. What is it?
Better Test Data management means faster delivery of applications, and ultimately, faster achievement of business objectives. Companies that fail to invest in Test Data management put themselves at risk of falling behind.
Let’s take a simple example to understand what is Test Automation Framework. How do you think Indian Democracy, the second largest in the world, is functioning? Is it ad-hoc? Nah! There are basic processes and structures that drive Indian democracy – The constitution of India. What if Constitution wasn’t there? What if people weren’t driven by any guidelines? Yeah! Total Chaos.