The best way to coordinate all your testing efforts and collaborate throughout the delivery cycle
Many of us spend a great deal of our time and effort in managing and executing our scripted and automated testing tasks. However, one of the biggest struggles is apparently finding a way to present all that hard work, taking place across many platforms, into one easily shared and unified representation.
In fact, according to the most recent Annual State of Testing™ survey, nearly 50% of respondents rated ‘Integrating automation and manual testing’ as their top challenge, followed closely by related challenges: ‘Including developers and other team members into the testing process’ and ‘Generating visibility into the testing process and the status of the product’ (40%).
This is to be expected, since organizations rely on multiple automation frameworks or tools, and includes numeral operations on various test levels. Such as, automated Unit Tests, API level run scripts, automated tests to validate the system’s GUI, browser versions and more. However, this creates problems and less than ideal terms when it comes to managing automation from a broader QA management standpoint.
To make things worse, once you also take into account that alongside the automation testing efforts there and scripted, perhaps exploratory testing as well (also conducted on multiple different frameworks), you will come to the glaring conclusion that you need to find a better way to manage it all.
How did we get here?
It’s not your fault. You are in this mess because of how the testing profession has transformed over the last couple of decades. Historically, testing was a more “confined” stage of the development process (i.e Waterfall dev. models), it was logical that automation efforts developed internally among developers, testers, and product design teams.
There wasn’t such a need to coordinate as there is today, since everyone had their turn and time within the process. Different teams also had different stakeholders to report to, and success was measured on different scales and criteria.
With the shift to Agile, Continuous Delivery and DevOps processes, came the demand to work better together. But pair-testing and cross functional teams is not enough to bridge the gaps, work habits and technologies that were ‘till then parallel but separate.
It is time to shift our focus
If we are expected to release faster, better software solutions, we need to focus on:
- Coordinating and communicating our cross team efforts, while emphasizing transparency and traceability.
- Minimizing or eradicating time wasted on mis-communication or duplicated work.
- Aggregate our isolated testing efforts to a unified view that provides a higher level of value to our organizations.
For PractiTest, a leading cloud-based test management solution, this has always been the beacon behind its architecture from inception. As an end-to-end test management solution it is focused on enabling control & visibility of the entire development and QA process; to provide insight and true value, ultimately allowing businesses to release better products, faster.
PractiTest promotes clear and efficient QA communication based on:
- Traceability between test management modules: requirements, tests, test run & issues.
- Vast integration capabilities, that allow you to run and collect test data and results from multiple sources and manage them under one centralized hub.
- Advanced reports and dashboards, to present valuable test data and results at any given time, in various resolutions, based on the stakeholders they are intended for.
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Where should you start?
As a starting point, you need to evaluate what value each of your existing testing frameworks provides. Then you need to think what joined information cross communicating can provide. Lastly, how to manage and present this synergy.
The most valuable way to aggregate and present your testing efforts is by generating accurate and clear dashboards and reports. These representations should be based on an application you use to collect all your various testing inputs. That way you can present your stakeholders with one unified “front” for the product development cycle. Rather than isolated and disjointed graphs from each platform.
PractiTest’s Test Management solution is one example that provides just that. Using it you can orchestrate Manual testing, Exploratory Testing, and Test Automation Management all in one centralized hub of information.
By managing the run and results of your automation tests under the same platform you use to manage your manual testing, you ensure full QA coverage and visibility. And the best part is the ability to view and share real-time test results using advanced customizable reports that provide true value to your team and management. Help your company make smarter decisions and release better software, faster.