Steps to Set Up Automated Way of Testing Your Systems

What is Automated Testing?

Automated testing is a method of conducting tests periodically, which run on their own.  These automated tests run based on tools and preset conditions, set by the tester or developer.  

Strategists look at several points when planning automated tests.  They consider the test environment, the approach, and the types of tools that would be most helpful when conducting tests.  Using an automated testing strategy example is a good way for beginners to understand how to effectively incorporate automated testing on their software system.

Testing from very early stages in development is not gaining traction.  It allows for continued smooth development as the system is designed and developed.  Doing this, it allows for trouble areas to be caught early on, thereby reducing the time and costs involved in the system development.  Another added benefit is that it creates tests which can be reused later within the same system, or with a new or modified system.

Automated Testing Strategy

Every developer runs into the issue of performance testing during system development.  Though this used to be commonly done at the end of the project, new protocols often initiate testing procedures throughout the process.  This enables the developer to catch bugs, watch problem areas, create reusable case runs, and pinpoint load issues at different points within the system.  

There are generally certain steps taken in order to develop a strategy for your system testing.  If you go with automated testing, it’s best to set aside a bit of time to fully develop your strategy.  Though it may be a bit time-consuming in the beginning, in the long run, it will save you a lot of time, cost, and grief. 

Step 1: Know what cases are optimal for automated testing

Automated testing is useful only with elements that require large amounts of time and effort.  

Step 2: Find an automation testing expert

The expert should be trained in using different automation tools, as well as have some experience using these tools.

Step 3: Select the correct tool or tools for your system

The correct tool is necessary when performing automated testing.  The tool should always collect and store data for you to see later.

Step 4: Create a testing framework

The framework should be scalable and reusable.

Step 5: Train your team about the system automation

Once your team understands the process of automation, their job becomes easier.  Implement a routine that is quick and easy for them to establish.

Step 6: Set up the testing environment

Double-check to make sure you have the equipment and the applications in order to proceed with the automation.

Step 7: Develop a plan to carry out the testing

Design a checklist or day-to-day agenda for your team.  This allows them to know what to expect in terms of automated testing.

Step 8: Write scripts and keep a record

Prioritize by focusing on the main functions of the system first.  Breaking down complex flows into smaller ones is helpful in simplifying the process. 

Step 9: Report accurately

When you gather data, view it as a cohesive idea much like the system being tested.  

Step 10: Maintain your script writing and data

Keep the testing routine and your automated system should work to your advantage.

Adam Hansen

Adam is a part time journalist, entrepreneur, investor and father.