There are lots of information on applied implementation of software test automation services on the Internet. But what are the selection criteria on picking up professional service automation tools?It’s quite common that testers are not aware of what type of automated testing they are going to apply, and, in fact, concerned only about is the tool free or not. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. The wrong choice of even free automation tool can cost you more in future.
It’s quite common that testers are not aware of what type of automated testing they are going to apply, and, in fact, concerned only about is the tool free or not. But this is only the tip of the iceberg. The wrong choice of even free automation tool can cost you more in future.
When choosing automation tool, you should follow the following algorithm:
- Identify the type of testing you are going to execute: functional or performance testing.
- Determine what test cases (scenarios) you intend to automate, and which are not, and for which components of your product.
- Identify what technologies and protocols should be used or planned to be used in the nearest future of your product components.
- Make the list of requirements for automated testing tools based on the above criteria.
- Pick up tools based on the created list of requirements. If any of them have restrictions on these requirements – immediately evaluate their criticality, and if restrictions are critical – discard such instruments.
The choice of the tool depends, first,on the project requirements, and only then from the rest of requirements. There is no panacea. As well as there is no guarantee that after a while, the project will not include any new technologies, the support for which has already been considered.
I Would Never Recommend Doing:
- To take on trust that there is a tool that suits any project, just because it supports many different technologies.
- To believe that if a tool was perfect in the previous project, it would do the same and on others.
- To take a final decision based on the choice of a tool, without testing it on the applicability to your project.
- Frequently change tools for automated testing services, because a result will never pay neither financial, nor time expenditures on automation.