How Can You Develop Your Testing Strategy? 

Anna Thorsen

Automation Expert

There will always be risk when developing new software and testing it. However, you can manage the severity of that risk with mature and optimized testing. 

We’ve written extensively about the different testing maturity steps, but how can you develop your testing to ensure you move up the scale?

In this post, you’ll read about the points to consider that will help you simplify and develop your testing strategy.

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What do you need to do to develop your testing strategy

In our post on what is test maturity, we explained that agile testing cannot exist without test automation. 

Even so, with the wrong type of automation, you’ll face automation bottlenecks. Heavy maintenance, hard-to-develop test cases, and long onboarding times.

So what should you look for in a test automation tool and strategy that will get you one step closer to running an agile shop? 

The message is short. Keep your automation simple

Simplifying your test automation

Too many test automation projects fail because they’re using overly complicated approaches to test. A lot of the time, this is because they’re using tools that require a lot of coding. And they're not cost-effective test automation strategies. 

It complicates the process because every time you build a test, you’re adding another cog in the machine that needs to be regularly maintained and assessed to ensure that it isn’t broken.

When you’re doing this maintenance by crawling through lines and lines of code, it takes even longer. This makes for a costly and inefficient process. 

Related reading: what to consider before starting your test automation journey

So how can you keep it simple? 

Easy to use. Your automation test flows should be easy to learn, build and run for people with no coding skills.  Not all testers are software testers, but they are subject matter experts in the tool they are testing. 

Scalable. Don’t recreate steps over and over. Break down your tests into single components, like logging in or entering an item into a shopping cart. This way, you reduce the maintenance required for your test case suite. 

Low maintenance. The easier it is to change your test cases, the less hassle you’ll face in the future. Look for easy to troubleshoot, fix and update test cases without the need to comb through lines and lines of code. 

Use the same automation approach across your tech stack. Rather than using multiple solutions to test across your IT system, use the same approach for easier maintenance and performance monitoring.

That way, you can seamlessly run end-to-end tests (across desktop, web, and mobile too) without having to create tests in multiple programming languages.

Good support along the way. With an automation tool like Leapwork - there are testing and QA experts available every working day to help you resolve issues, onboard, and understand how to use the tool in the most efficient way possible.

Conclusion

The essence of the points above is that you don’t need to write test scripts or spend weeks working on building tests. 

Testing in a regression suite, or automating your repetitive tests shouldn’t be a process that takes weeks and months. It should be as easy and quick as possible. 

You and your team can work on the tasks that bring you the most value. Testing the cases that can’t be automated, and developing features that will improve your business and customer reputation. 

Building a test automation strategy takes more than using the points above. It’s a process that takes time and careful consideration. To learn more about what it takes to create a test automation strategy, check out our full checklist. 

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