At XBOSoft, we have had years of experience with automation testing. We’ve mastered these open source tools and our customers enjoy the benefit of that expertise. But why does the agile process in particular lend itself to automation testing tools?
In a nutshell, agile demands continuous testing over the spectrum of the development process. Testing by people alone, no matter how skilled they are, doesn’t move quickly enough or kick the tires often enough to produce excellence software.
Selenium is one of our favorite tools because it not only offers excellent results but it plays well with others.
“Continuous testing makes testing activities part of everyone’s role …from the business analysts, to the developers, to the performance engineer, to the operations manager… all are responsible to make sure the end users have a fantastic experience with their software.”
Said Aruna Ravichandran, a VP at CA Technologies, about why continuous testing is integral to agile development success, in the article Continuous testing in a fast-paced agile and DevOps world. In other words, instead of isolating testing and putting the full burden of defect detection on testers, continuous testing makes quality a shared responsibility.
He was then asked to discuss the components of the continuous testing process:
“1) test environment simulation, 2) automatic test case creation, even from requirements, 3) on demand test data management, 4) always available SaaS-based performance testing, 5) open source integrations with tools like JMeter, Jenkins, Selenium, Appium, and 6) automated application performance monitoring and post-production performance testing to achieve continuous feedback.”
We’ve added the emphasis there to underscore that such tools aren’t an add-on — they are an essential part of a successful sprint.
Tools make the team
Ravichandran and others agree: You can’t build an agile team properly without equipping it with test automation tools. Only automation tools allow testing to match the pace of development. They cut down the time between the test and the results, reduce false positives, and cut maintenance time.
But many teams simply aren’t knowledgeable about deploying these inexpensive and effective open source tools. Ease of integration of Selenium, Appium and others into the process is the key to success.
XBOSoft’s long experience with these tools makes it the perfect fit for a fast-paced agile team that’s cranking out the products but doesn’t have the time or resources to master such tools internally.
You can read more about Selenium and how we have solved some of it’s common issues by downloading the white paper Selenium Optimized Automation Framework.