Tips to Avoid Pitfalls During Automated Testing

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Companies today are under extreme pressure to bring apps and products to market as quickly as possible. One way to help facilitate speed in the delivery process is automated testing. However, with automated testing comes significant risk. Many companies choose a single tool because they believe it will solve all of their testing problems. Unfortunately, this is rarely true. Testing is a process that involved significant time, attention and resources.  There are many mistakes that companies make during automated testing; these are three of the most common pitfalls and tips on how you can avoid them.

Don’t Rush In

The biggest pitfall when it comes to getting started with an automated testing solution is rushing the process. Many organizations fail to plan upfront, and simply jump in with both feet.  They move based on a limited assessment from a small number of developers that likely doesn’t take into account how the testing solution will actually impact daily activities and align with current initiatives.

Another common rushing problem occurs when organizations adopt automated testing to solve a problem quickly. Developers rush to address one issue without considering the big picture or what automation can really bring to the table over time, with a little more planning and forethought.

Automated testing can speed up the process, but it is critical to conduct due diligence, to understand the strengths and weaknesses of a testing solution and to develop a long-term plan that includes automation as an enhancement to, not a replacement for, manual testing.

Don’t Cut Corners

Rushing into an automated testing solution a recipe for failure, but rushing can also happen further down the line. It can be tempting to cut corners once testing begins, and not complete a thorough and adequate testing process.

It is absolutely critical to identify all potential issues before a solution goes live. You never know how one “small” issue can actually impact the overall success of the solution. Failing to meet expectations, or worse, causing end users more pain, can turn a promising release into a serious market failure.  Once the testing plan is in place, make sure that the team is dotting its i’s and crossing its t’s at every step along the way.

Don’t Neglect Hiring

No matter how great your testing tools may be, you cannot underestimate the importance of humans in the testing process. Some companies rely on tools alone, thinking they can make up for any lack of expertise within the team, but tools should supplement your team, not replace them.

Having the right people on staff can mean the difference between successful testing and failed testing. If you are looking for professionals who can ensure your testing processes are yielding strong results, partner with the team at FootBridge IT. As a leader in tech recruiting in Boston, we have developed an effective process for matching our clients with the talent they need to succeed today, and well into the future. Contact us today to learn how we can help you achieve your tech recruiting goals.

 

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