Automated & Manual Regression Testing

Regression Testing Services

Structured and thorough testing leads to high quality software. Why? Because as DevOps teams have seen time and again, introducing even minor changes into existing code can have serious — and unpredictable — downstream consequences. The secret to finding and addressing issues before they become problems lies in robust and automated unit testing and functional testing. At XBOSoft, it’s our goal to help shorten your regression software testing cycles through effective software test automation. If you’re interested in how we can develop a test automation framework that fits into your continuous release process, contact us today.

The Need for Regression in Quality Assurance

Testing features as you go in Agile without regression testing is a formula for disaster. But who has time? The need for regression testing has only increased as software development life cycles have become compressed, since even small modifications can impact the software’s behavior and interfacing 3 rd party components. While some companies opt for unit testing and limited smoke testing to ensure usability and assume that code will remain more or less functional, this ignores the cascade effect that often occurs when alterations are made not just to the software itself, but in the way the software behaves in conjunction with the surrounding context of platforms and peripheral plug-ins and interfaces. Our regression testing approach starts with designing effective regression test cases. With regression test cases, then we can evaluate where to expend your valuable testing resources through “smart” regression test selection for targeted regression via test automation. The end result will be to make the best use of your manual testing efforts.

Regression Testing Tools and Strategy

XBOSoft designs a regression testing strategy that meets your unique needs and resources to ultimately reduce total testing time without sacrificing software quality. Meeting this goal means starting with an evaluation of your current methodology: How are you testing? Are you designing your regression test cases effectively? And how is your regression test selection efficient and context driven? What are your results? Where can you improve? Next, we deploy open-source software regression testing tools that help streamline your process and identify areas of critical concern. By using open source rather than proprietary tools, we’re able to build a regression framework from the ground up that addresses your specific needs and can be continuously adapted to ensure future success,
while being license-free.

Regression Testing Best Practices

Our regression testing approach is founded on a set of essential best practices, including:

  • Automation feasibility — Can specific test processes be automated? Our test automation assessment helps you determine where best to apply automated regression testing and reduce the amount of manual testing while also focusing manual testing in the right places.
  • Continual alerts — Testing results are tracked and your team is quickly alerted to performance degradations and defect counts between existing and new software builds to prevent code degradation over time.
  • Organization — Our regression testing process systematically organizes and categorizes results to allow partial regression runs, and cases are combined into typical (and negative) user scenarios to empower acceptance testing.
  • New methodologies — To enhance usability and speed, XBOSoft has also developed a set of visual regression testing techniques that make it easier to identify issues and create effective testing solutions.

XBOSoft Techniques – Regression Testing Strategy

How to balance risk management and regression testing? These days with development cycles so short, we rarely have time for full regression, so we have to choose wisely where to spend our time; manual testing, automated testing, exploratory testing, platform compatibility, etc.  It’s not an easy task in developing a test strategy in terms of where to put one’s effort so that we can minimize risk while achieving the level of confidence that we want that the release is ‘defect-free’. Which test cases come first and when? Major release, minor release, patch release? At XBOSoft, we developed a regression test strategy matrix to provide some guidance when addressing these challenging questions. In practice, the colors between the cells would be contiguous shading and would not be that distinct. Red would be for tests that need to be executed with every release no matter what, whereas yellow, would only be for full regression. By using a matrix approach, you’ll be able to categorize test cases and test more effectively.

Regression Testing Strategy Diagram

XBOSoft’s Techniques

Why choose XBOSoft? Because our regression testing services are designed around proven techniques that do more than identify defects. The combination of our needs-first approach, the right regression test selection and regression test cases, open-source testing strategy, and key best practices make it possible to increase delivery speed while improving the quality of your testing results. Reduce each regression testing cycle, while simultaneously improving the usability and functionality of your software deployments.

Whether you are in the market for automated or manual regression testing, XBOSoft has a team ready to meet your needs. Contact us today!