Software automation testing is an integral part of software development life cycle. Automation software testing has brought revolution in software development industry. With this testing process software automation testing is happening so rapidly. Automation testing process is so important for software testing that no software can be released without a comprehensive testing conducted by QA team. Software automation testing can be performed by following ten simple steps.
Requirement analysis is the first step in automation testing. All the documents are reviewed that contains the information about the requirements of client about the structure and design of software. These documents are reviewed by QA team. In case of any incongruity it is discussed with development team. The queries are answered by developers or project team.
The QA team starts dynamic testing. If in requirement analysis customer requirement is changed due to any reason then the revised copy is sent to QA team so that it can start software automation testing according to the requirements.
In this step test environment is prepared for automation testing that includes the following activities.
- Server for automation testing
- Installation of software under test on the server
- Module/ screen test
Test planning is the fourth step; all test strategy is finalized in this step. Without a proper work plan QA team cannot perform automation testing of software in a proper manner. QA manger along with QA team finalizes the selection of tools, resource planning, designing of all tests cases and data.
After finalizing the test strategy, in this step test cases and test scenarios are prepared that includes automation scripts, review and baseline test cases and the creation of test data.
After the preparation of Test cases and test scenarios Test execution is conducted by QA team. A detailed report on bug that is prepared by QA team is forwarded to developing team so that quick action is taken by developers to fix the bugs.
If the bugs fixed by development team that should be reported back to QA team. So that testing team can retest and verifies either the bugs are fixed by development team or not.
After the verification, this report is submitted to test manager. These steps are followed until the final release of software under test.
The criteria for ending the testing process are determined by test manager. When all the major bugs are fixed and when it is cleared that there is no threat of bugs and the product is ready to release for its customer.
Hence, Software automation testing is so simple by following above mentioned eight steps.