How Automated Testing Can Improve Your Software
By: Nikki Dent
Are you interested in using automated testing in your software project but aren’t sure of the value? We’ve been incorporating automated testing into our projects for years and have been pleased at the value provided both in time saved by our team and success for our clients. In this Engage Aptera video, Automation Engineer Lindsay Mergy shares with Derek Laliberte, Director of Brand Engagement what automated testing does and how it helps dev teams and Product Owners.
What Is Automated Testing?
Automated testing is code written to run quality assurance testing on your software. It’s typically used to test the user interface of a website or application. Most of what is automated is regression testing, which are checks performed on existing code to ensure that it isn’t broken with the addition of new features. This type of testing is very repetitive and can bog down human QA testers, so automating it can free them up to focus on other areas of the software.
At Aptera, we use automated testing very strategically. A QA tester typically runs through the software first manually and identifies repetitive actions that would be useful for an automated test to check in the future. Then an Automation Engineer, like Lindsay, will write scripts to run through those repetitive paths for testing.
The Benefits of Automated Testing
A well-utilized automation testing strategy can be a big help for your QA testers, developers, and the strength of your software. For the QA analyst, automated tests remove repetitive work from their plates and leave them free to do the work that is more engaging and useful. QA testers are at their best when they use their curiosity and creativity to test edge cases and push the software to its limits.
As the automated tests run, developers can quickly see reports of the test outcomes and begin to fix bugs immediately. This creates a tight feedback loop that keeps developer downtime to a minimum and helps keep your project on track. Additionally, we share this report with our Product Owners, so they will always know where their project stands in regression testing.
Automating those repetitive testing tasks also helps reduce the chance for human error in your system. Similarly, with QA testers focusing on their strengths, they will have time to find other bugs or improvements that they might not have uncovered had they spent all their time on regression testing. All around, automated testing will help give you the peace of mind that your software is being put through the full suite of testing.
If you’re interested in learning more about adding automated testing to your development process or working with a partner who does, reach out to us.
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About Nikki Dent
Nikki is a technical copywriter for Aptera. With a bachelor’s degree in writing from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., she has been honing her craft of marketing copywriting for the past six years. In her role at Aptera, Nikki enjoys learning and writing about the technology and strategy at work across the company.