Two of the major challenges in automating regression tests are setup and maintenance. This is because many test automation tools require coding, which requires time and capabilities that not all testing teams have.
Regression tests are critical and require all-round knowledge of the product under test. But the people who know the product best are not necessarily the ones who are best at programming.
To ensure speed and change readiness, it’s essential to have a tool that lets QA teams overcome these challenges, and perform regression tests with minimal time and effort.
With the right regression testing tool, teams can schedule tests and run them continuously, at a high speed, error-free. This makes it possible to complete end-to-end regression testing every time an update is made, which increases the teams agility and the products quality, and reduces time-to-market.
So what qualities should the right tool have?
Aside from a number of beneficial features such as the ability to schedule tests, cross-technology functionality, and data security, there is one feature in particular that can make or break a team’s success with automated regression testing: no-code.
With a regression testing tool that uses flowcharts and building blocks to create test cases rather than code, anyone on the QA team, regardless of their programming capabilities, can set up and execute regression tests. This is an advantage, also to developers, because it reduces the time spent on test setup significantly and eliminates developer dependencies.
What’s more, it makes it easier to collaborate on regression tests, because they are presented in a visual language that everyone can understand, rather than in various programming languages. With no-code, as long as you understand the matter being tested, you can understand the test case.
It goes without saying that the learning curve for a no-code automation tool is also significantly shorter than a tool that requires you to learn a programming language first.
When it comes to maintaining your regression testing suite, no-code isn’t just convenient, it’s essential. As the number of test cases in your suite grows, it becomes virtually impossible to maintain them if they are written in code. Often, developers end up having to spend large amounts of time on finding issues and changing code, instead of spending their time where it is most needed: on actual development.
Building regression test cases with no-code, on the other hand, is a one time effort, and can easily be updated by a tester, which removes the bottlenecks that emerge for teams using coded tests.
LEAPWORK offers an automated platform for all regression UI testing of any web and desktop application. It works in any application thanks to native support of desktop technologies combined with Selenium-based web automation.
LEAPWORK allows you to build regression tests without writing any code. This means that everyone on your team – whether it’s technical testers, non-developers or management – can design and execute automated test cases as visual flowcharts. In these flowcharts, you can insert blocks into a workflow, assign actions to them and tell them what to look for, using image and text recognition that identify content on the screen.
In this way, building regression tests with LEAPWORK make it easy to scale and maintain test automation.
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