Unlocking Efficiency: Key Advantages of Test Automation

Unlocking Efficiency: Key 

Advantages Of Test Automation



In today’s dynamic software development landscape, the pursuit of excellence in quality assurance and testing has never been more critical. Test automation stands as a formidable ally in this quest, offering a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond the conventional advantages of simply speeding up testing processes.

 Reusable Test Assets

At the heart of test automation’s efficacy lies its remarkable ability to create reusable test assets. In the ever-evolving world of software, where applications are constantly updated, enhanced, and expanded, the need for consistency in testing cannot be overstated. Automated test scripts and components are architected with modularity in mind, allowing testing teams to craft a library of reusable testing artefacts. This means that once a test script is created, it can be employed across various test scenarios, irrespective of the scope and complexity. This not only obviates the need for the redundant recreation of test cases but also ensures uniformity in testing practices, a pivotal factor in reducing human error and enhancing overall test reliability.

Early Detection of Regressions

One of the most notable merits of test automation is its capacity to serve as an early-warning system for software regressions. In the software development lifecycle, as new features are implemented or existing code is modified, the spectre of regressions looms large. Automated tests are the vanguard in guarding against this menace. By effortlessly rerunning tests post source code changes, automation provides developers with immediate feedback regarding the impact of their alterations. This early detection of regressions affords a unique advantage—bugs and defects are identified and addressed at a nascent stage, well before they can infiltrate and disrupt the broader system. Consequently, the cost associated with remedying defects in later stages of development is significantly diminished.

Parallel and Concurrent Testing

In the age of diversification, where users access software across an array of platforms, devices, and configurations, the ability to execute tests concurrently and in parallel is a game-changer. Automation excels in this arena. Automated test scripts can be seamlessly executed across a multitude of test environments simultaneously. Whether it’s different web browsers, operating systems, or device types, automation effortlessly scales to cater to the diversity of the digital landscape. This parallel and concurrent testing capability not only expedites test cycles but also enriches test coverage, ensuring that the application’s functionality is validated across a broad spectrum of real-world scenarios. It’s a unique advantage that redefines testing efficiency in a multichannel, multitouch point world.

Data-Driven Testing for Variability

The art of testing doesn’t merely encompass routine scenarios; it thrives on variability and challenges presented by boundary conditions and diverse data inputs. Test automation is uniquely equipped to navigate this intricate terrain through data-driven testing. Automated tests systematically apply a mixture of data inputs, including extreme cases and boundary values, to analyse the application’s response under varied scenarios. This methodical approach transcends manual testing’s limitations and empowers testers to assess the robustness of the application against unpredictable or volatile input variables. Data-driven testing becomes a compelling tool in identifying potential vulnerabilities, ensuring that the software exhibits resilience and unwavering performance under a plethora of conditions.

Continuous Integration and Continuous Delivery (CI/CD) Support

As organisations embrace the principles of DevOps and agile methodologies, the imperative to seamlessly integrate testing into the CI/CD pipeline becomes paramount. Test automation rises to this challenge with unwavering versatility. Automated tests can be seamlessly married into the landscape of CI/CD workflows, where they stand as vigilant gatekeepers, ensuring that software changes are rigorously tested before they venture into the production environment. This harmonious fusion of testing and development significantly reduces the likelihood of defects reaching the end-users, providing a level of assurance that is unparalleled in the realm of software quality. It also begets the invaluable benefit of accelerated release cycles, as the delivery of software becomes not just faster but also more dependable.

In conclusion, the advantages of test automation extend far beyond efficiency gains;
they resonate with the very essence of software quality assurance. They enable the creation of an agile and resilient testing ecosystem, where consistency, accuracy, and reliability reign supreme. By embracing the in-depth benefits of test automation, organisations not only fortify their software against defects but also empower themselves to lead the charge in delivering impeccable digital experiences to their users.

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Software Testing Career Myths Debunked


Why software testing as a career?

The software testing industry is growing like never before. With the world moving towards digital-first, we have seen more software, application and websites being developed. So, it’s not surprising that the need for testing has increased along with career options and growth. More and more people want to become a tester and move into the IT space. There are some questions and myths which arise when choosing software testing as a career:

· Is software testing a good career choice? Does it have a future?

· Do testers get a decent salary?

· Which job is better, software testing or software development?

There are myths in the industry on whether to choose testing as a career:

1. Anyone can test. Development is better than testing.

2. Software testing pays less compared to a developer. 

3. Only people who can’t code choose testing as a career.

4. There won’t be any growth in software testing.

5. Software testing is boring.

Gone are those days!!

The points below debunk all these myths. Are you confused about whether to choose software testing? Then keep reading. If these points strengthen your decision to pursue testing, then that proves you’ve chosen the right path.

1. Not everyone can test. One needs good analytical skills to become a software tester. You require efficient communication skills for reporting and to convince others.

2. Experienced testers are earning the same compared to developers. Your salary may be less when you start your career but grows as your experience grows. Many companies are offering more to automation testers compared to developers.

3. Someone who can’t code becomes a tester. Record and playback days are gone. It’s the automation age. An automation tester writes code for automation scripts.

4. Growth – Testers may become Test Leads, Project Leads, Automation Architects, Test Managers, etc. Ultimately, everyone can reach the management level.

5. Software testing could actually “test” your nerves since you need to make sense of Business Requirements and draft test cases based on your understanding. Software testing is not boring. What’s boring is doing the same set of tasks repeatedly. The key is to try new things.

Hopefully, we have cleared up some questions you may have and debunked some myths about the testing industry. Feel free to reach out if you would like to know more or how to get started. 

Software Testing Myths to control quality of IT Projects

-Navneesh Garg-

The quality of software applications has become a key challenge for most IT project managers as the multidimensional and complexity of applications has increased over the last decade.  The key causes for this are the lack of software planning and inclusion of testing resources at the correct stage in the project, and also the appropriate test parameters to test.  The difficulty is compounded by some popular software testing myths which cause lack of focus on testing and poor application quality thereafter. Key software testing myths include-

  1. Testing is an avoidable cost
  2. Testing is too expensive
  3. Applications can be tested by developers or business users or part-time resources
  4. Testing cannot begin until the entire application is developed
  5. Testers and developers are rivals

Testing is an avoidable cost

Most project managers think that spending money on software testing is like spending money on insurance.  It gives you peace of mind but is an unnecessary cost, particularly if you do not use it. Based on personal experience, that’s not quite true. Per industry standard, though only 10-15% of users end up claiming insurance, benefits of software testing are recognized in 80-85% of projects.  So spending on testing definitely has benefits to the end quality of the application and ultimately improves the experience and increases end user satisfaction while at the same time reduces the total project cost.

Testing is too expensive

There is a saying, ‘Pay less for testing during software development or pay more for maintenance or correction later. Take your pick!’ Early testing saves both time and cost in many aspects. Lately companies have introduced innovative delivery models  to reduce the overall cost of testing for both for SME and Enterprise client. For instance software test specialist company AdactIn Group (www.adactin.com) has innovative delivery models like Software Testing as a Service (STaaS™), Packaged Testing, Smart Ramp-up and Down (sRURD™) and Nearshore testing which assists in providing excellent testing value at affordable rates.

Applications can be tested by developers, business users or part time resources

Software testing is a specialized activity which needs specific focus, mindset and a skill-set that the software programmer will not have. It is like auditing, you need a specialized auditor to check the work of the accountant to ensure every aspect has been covered. Similarly, you cannot get anyone who knows the application to do software testing. In my experience, I have seen numerous instances where applications tested by business users or part time resources failed due to lack of testing of negative scenarios or alternate workflows.  Thinking of alternative testing scenarios, trying to crash the software with the intent to explore potential bugs is not possible for a tester without the right skill-set, focus, and mindset that is inquisitive, and looking for faults.

Testing cannot begin until the entire application is developed

Most project managers leave testing to commence once the application is fully developed. This approach leads to two key challenges.  Firstly, testers may not have adequate time to plan their testing, and secondly defects are found later in the cycle leading to further application delays and overhead costs.  Starting testing early gives greater chance to perform static testing which includes reviewing of requirements and design docs and also affords enough time for testers to plan and be prepared for their testing during execution phase. The cost of finding defects earlier in the lifecycle is much less than finding and fixing defects in later stages, often by up to 40% if found early rather than in the latter part of the software development process.

Testers and developers are rivals

Actually, the testers and developers work side by side in a team, and if there are any disagreements, then they should be encouraged to resolve their differences in an open and constructive manner or ask for the business team for feedback on the implementation. There are dedicated professionals in both fields, and communication between the two is important.


Software testing should not be treated an overhead, but a necessity, it needs to be part of the development cycle and not at the end of the development. The right people with an inquisitive mind set should perform testing, very much like an auditor, but someone who is going to highlight the issues and provide possible avenues to resolve software bugs.  Finally, software testing should be an integral part of the development phase with immediate action taken to resolve issues when they are at the modular level rather than the system level.

About Author

Nav Garg is the CEO of a leading test consulting company Adactin Group (www.adactin.com), headquartered in Sydney and an experienced Test Architect and consultant. He is also a published author of a books titled  “Test Automation using HP Unified Functional Testing” and Test Automation using Selenium with Java” which  has  consistently ranked amongst the top 100 books selling on Amazon in the software Testing Category. You can reach him on [email protected].