Test Automation for Agile - A different strategy

Test Automation has always been a challenge when it comes to running your suites within the time frame especially in an Agile mode with more builds coming the testing way.

So here is a quick strategy that we tried and seems to be working well for now:

What it used to be:
  • Entire test automation runs for 8-10 hours
  • One big test suite or a few smaller test suites
  • Reusable code being used a lot (which was good , but also had a repercussion of redundant flows)
  • Robust suites which broke less but after complete runs the failures where not always application bugs but automation errors.
  • The whole idea was how much test coverage do we have
  • Metrics were based on number of tests run/passed/coverage and so on..

What it is now:
  • Continuous Integration Builds
  • Test suites do not run that long instead there are dedicated 1 hour suites (To keep the suite below the 60 minute time frame and also have the apt coverage , these would be targeted suites for a particular functionality/stories and not cover anything that the previous suite did)
  • The idea is that these one hour suites would be targeted suites and at any cost will not run over an hour on a single automation box
  • The one hour suites will not have any redundant flows nor will there be at any time more than 5 such suites in our latest test set.
  • The one hour suites will have less than 5% automation defects and should be minimized to almost zilch.
  • Metrics are much better now and the tests actually fail only when there is a genuine defect and not an automation failure.

Comments and suggestions are always welcome , until then Happy testing!


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