Software testing entails running software/system components through their paces using manual or automated tools to evaluate one or more properties of interest. The goal of software testing is to find errors, gaps, or missing requirements in comparison to the actual requirements.

Continuous Software Testing has been the most discussed topic in software testing for years, and recent advancements in Automated Testing technology are bringing the trend from the realm of hype to the realm of reality.

The process of embedding test automation in the software delivery pipeline to assess and mitigate software release failures is called as Continuous Testing and businesses are adopting this fast. It can democratize testing and bridge the gap between testers and business stakeholders by making automation more accessible to less technical roles.

With Kalibre-QA you can implement Continuous Testing as part of your software delivery pipeline to take advantage of the benefits this methodology has to offer.

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Types of Software Testing

There are many different types of software tests, each with specific objectives and strategies:

  • Acceptance testing: Evaluate the system's compliance with the business requirements and verify if it has met the required criteria for delivery to end users.
  • Integration testing:Evaluate the compliance of a system or component with specified functional requirements.
  • Unit testing: Testing where individual components of a software are tested and is carried out during the development of an application.
  • Functional testing: Test each function of the software application, by providing appropriate input, verifying the output against the Functional requirements.
  • Performance testing: Evaluating application output, processing speed, data transfer velocity, network bandwidth usage, maximum concurrent users, memory utilization, workload efficiency, and command response times.
  • Regression testing: Testing existing software applications to make sure that a change or addition hasn’t broken any existing functionality.
  • Stress testing: Testing used to determine the stability of a given system, critical infrastructure or entity.
  • Usability testing: It focuses on user’s ease of using application, flexibility of application to handle controls and ability of application to meet its objectives.

Testing Methodologies

Manual Testing

The process in which test cases are executed manually without using any automated tool. Manual testing necessitates more time or more resources, or both.

Automation Testing

To perform software testing, the tester creates scripts and relies on third-party software. Additionally, manually tested products are subjected to automation testing to double-check the quality of the products.

Continuous Testing

Continuous testing is a software testing methodology that helps identify and address risks at all stages of the development pipeline. In other words, it means testing all potential code changes as early as possible. The goal of continuous testing is to minimize business risk and impact on users.

Disadvantages of Manual Testing

  • We don't have proof that the tester covered all functions because they create test cases based on their knowledge.
  • Because manual testing is done by testers by hand, it is fraught with error and mistakes.
  • Manual testing of the entire module is not possible.
  • Manual testing has a very limited scope, whereas automation testing has a very broad scope.
  • Manual testing is unsuitable for large organizations or projects that must be completed quickly.
  • For performance testing, manual testing is ineffective.
  • Batch testing cannot be done manually because a human tester cannot provide output at regular intervals for each batch.
  • Manual testing makes it difficult to compare large amounts of data.

Benefits of Testing Automation

  • Improves consistency and performance.
  • The identification and subsequent removal of the errors.
  • Ensures the product's quality and satisfies both customers and users.
  • Improves business optimization (lower maintenance costs), dependability, and a better user experience.
  • Substantial iterative efforts are expended to shape a powerful yet error-free software.

Best Practices

Test Case Design: The design of test cases is the most important aspect of test automation. When written from the end user's point of view, a test case is always the winner and the most accurate. It focuses on features rather than implementation

Choice of Automation Tool: Test automation is reliant on automation tools. Consider the criteria defining an ideal software when selecting an automation tool, such as choosing the right type of software based on application types. The efficiency of the software, compatibility with devices, budget constraints, compatibility with real devices, and other factors should all be considered during the selection tools.

Importance of Regression Tests: Without regression tests, any testing methodology is incomplete, and it paints a picture of how your development efforts are progressing. When performing test automation in your organization, make sure to prioritize the regression testing.

Agile + Test Automation Success Rate

According to one recent study, while 75% of organizations have implemented Agile, only 25% have automated software testing. According to a separate study, while Agile adoption is now nearing 90%, only 30% of Agile organizations have widely implemented test automation. A separate study found, agile organizations that used test automation had a 88% success rate with software releases..

QA Automation Services

Kalibre QA: is a unique Software Testing Automation solution based on the popular Selenium Framework. Using Kalibre-QA Customers can automate various testing tasks such as Regression Testing, Smoke Testing.

Kalibre-QA effectively automates Software Quality Assurance to perform comprehensive testing which otherwise is not possible using manual testing methods due to time and resource constraints.

Kalibre-QA is based off a simple three step process to effectively automate software testing:

Record: Use Kalibre-QA’s Intelligent Recorder Module to create unlimited test cases. You can copy, edit effortlessly to create numerous test cases in matter of minutes. Using the Intelligent Recorder module several of the User Interface changes will be accounted for automatically so that you need not modify your test cases.

Replay: The test cases that you create can be grouped and saved as a Project. Organizing your test cases as Projects enables you to run few test cases or all the test cases in a Project with one click.

Report: When you execute the test cases, a session is created automatically to store the test results permanently. The test results can be exported into various formats such as PDF, CSV for further analysis.

What Next?

Learn more about how Kalibre-QA assists software testers to implement continuous testing and adopt industry best practices in their day to day testing activities.

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