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Testing continuously at multiple stages of the release pipeline supports delivery of high-quality software. Here’s how to pick an automation solution for your continuous testing needs.
The primary objective of continuous testing is to serve as a feedback engine in a release pipeline to increase speed and improve quality assurance.
To achieve this, several aspects of testing – not just the execution of tests – must be performed in a reiterative way, including the production and refinement of automated tests.
In this light, test automation works as an enabler, but does not in itself equal continuous testing.
Learn more about the role of testing in Continuous Delivery.
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There are some common hurdles in software testing that make it difficult to test continuously. These include:
These obstacles limit the efficiency of your feedback loops, and as such, need to be addressed. This requires the right automation solution.
Not all test automation tools are created equal. Some tools enable testing that is more continuous than others.
If testers end up spending more time on programming or maintaining test scripts instead of applying their highly specialized domain knowledge to designing test cases, testing won’t be continuous.
If the automation tool does not enable easy hand-over of test cases or provide clear debug information, same thing.
Learn more: How to optimize the development of automated functional tests in an agile setup.
Before you swamp yourself with the different options, you should list your requirements and do an initial search to see which testing tool best fits your organization. This way, you will be able to more quickly filter through the tools.
Below are five main factors to take into consideration at the beginning of your search. Consider these to find the ideal continuous testing tool for you and your team:
If you break these five elements further down, you'll see that there are a number of specific features and capabilities you can look for in a tool for continuous testing. We've listed these as eight points in this downloadable checklist. This checklist can be used in your search for a test automation and continuous testing tool.
No-code test automation enhances the benefits of continuous testing, because it lets teams set up and maintain automated tests much faster than code-based solutions. Due to its visual language that everyone can understand, it also makes collaboration easier.
Leapwork’s no-code test automation platform fits seamlessly into your CI/CD pipeline to provide total visibility of testing activity, enabling agile teams to test continuously at high speed whilst minimizing the time spent on set-up and maintenance.
With Leapwork, teams can quickly catch bugs through automated test cases so that you can fix them as close to its origin as possible, before they make their way further down the release pipeline. The test automation platform thereby becomes a direct feedback engine in the release pipeline that reduces errors, lowers costs, and increases speed, ensuring the quality of your software.
In sum, Leapwork’s no-code tool for continuous testing lets you:
Learn more about continuous testing with Leapwork and download our full whitepaper on continuous testing in agile to learn about the benefits of no-code for continuous testing and continuous delivery and use our checklist.
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