5 Pitfalls of Test Automation

At a 2018 conference, Google gave us a look under the hood by sharing the fact that over 500 million tests were being run per day inside their systems [1]. Two years later, in today’s digital-first world, it is reasonable to assume that this number has only grown.

While most organizations don’t need to test and release on the same scale as Google, the fact remains: demands are only increasing on software development teams to test and release products faster, safer, and at higher quality.

Faster release cycles offer unique benefits, giving unparalleled insight into your code. This helps to quickly reveal and patch bugs, allowing immediate improvements without significant impact on your customers or business.

With market leaders testing and deploying at such a high pace, how can your organization keep up? The answer: intelligent test automation.

To make the dream of continuous development a reality through intelligent test automation, there are 5 common mistakes to avoid:

1. Not Treating it Like a Strategic Initiative

Approaching test automation as a strategic project ensures that:

2. The wrong test execution infrastructure or test environment

To have complete certainty that the application or system under test behaves the same way in the test environment as it does when live, the right setup is absolutely necessary. It’s important you take care to do the following:

Be sure to document all of your actions so that the environment can be replicated.

3. Creating big test frameworks

When it comes to creating test frameworks, bigger is not always better. Instead, consider the following best practice for creating test frameworks:

4. Inadequate reporting

Proper reporting is critical to better understand test failures and clearly communicate the issues to the development team. Here are some common considerations for any good test reporting system:

5. Forgetting about your users

Test automation isn’t just about confirming that an application meets technical requirements. It’s also about delivering better customer experiences and business outcomes. Advances in AI and ML enable companies to adopt this customer-centric approach to testing.

As organizations move from monthly or weekly releases, to releasing by the hour or minute, intelligent test automation is critical to keeping pace.

Regardless of your level of test automation maturity, it’s important to be mindful of the pitfalls outlined above. If deployed strategically, intelligent test automation can accelerate your DevOps journey and help you:

The right solution provider is critical to achieving your test automation goals. To learn more about how Eggplant can help you properly implement your intelligent test automation strategy, read our complete eBook on the subject: 5 Pitfalls of Test Automation, or get in touch with one of test automation experts.