ImpactQA has in place an automation testing methodology and framework conditioned to help clients make optimum use of resources and exploit best practices and the finest tools to plan test automation. Our automation specialists have expertise and experience in delivering evergreen and tester friendly automation solutions for unit testing, functional testing and performance testing using both commercial and open source test automation tools.
Our Approach to Automation Testing
To provide our customers best quality software and help them reduce quick time-to-market, our consultant work alongside our clients to devise an automation testing strategy. An initial POC (Proof of Concept) is carried put to understand the feasibility and determine the choice of tool. A cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is performed to calculate ROI and depending on the project need a framework may be decided.
'An automation testing engagement can typically be divided into 4 phases'
During the initiation stage, the greatest amount of time is spent gauging the functional scope of a project and completing the required knowledge transfer. Therefore, identifying the core functionality underlying the UI and the application business logic will help a project team gear up for work. In this phase, the key requirements for automated testing are outlined, and the implementation cost calculation methods are mapped.
To facilitate a smooth kickoff, ImpactQA has a number of ready-made project templates (frameworks), which require minimal effort to roll out a working version of automated tests within a short time frame.
Each testing scenario goes through acceptance tests for all possible input data. Once the initial test has been run, the automated tests are executed on a daily basis. Run in different environments, the tests may reveal application defects as well as inconsistencies in the automated tests themselves.
During this stage, the majority of time is spent on description, development, testing and execution of automated tests. We seek to minimize the resources engaged in developing general functionality. Should the project scope require more resources for test development, the team can be expanded easily, at no risk, thanks to the successfully completed initial phase.
Depending on the project size, the test development stage can take considerable time. When this is the case, to ensure interim results delivery we recommend dividing the active development stage into one-month phases.
Automated Test Execution
The extent of support provided for automated tests depends on the number of change requests affecting the business logic and UI of the tested application.
With our approach to automated tests development, the impact of such changes on the automated tests execution will be kept to a minimum. The controls we use are based on more “stable” and unique object properties. Custom application content, like menu or certain business logic rules, is stored outside of the code. With this approach there is no need to seek additional help from developers to incorporate changes to automated tests.
Although the choice of framework depends on the type of project and the application being automated, a typical automation framework looks like below.
Benefits of Automation Framework
- Cut costs by using open-source components. Our framework combines the most efficient open-source components, which can slash the high costs of Web application testing.
- Obtain faster and better results. Since automated tests almost eliminate human intervention, they also provide objective testing results. The framework shows speed and performance that are unheard of among manual tests — providing not only better, but also faster results.
- Decrease testing costs. Once the framework is deployed, clients do not need highly skilled personnel for developing new tests or a further investment in framework support — the framework is highly maintainable and flexible.
Automation Tools Kitty
ImpactQA Team specializes in various tools and provides end-to-end automation services using:
- HP QTP
- Autocomplete Telerik