Traditional vs. Non-Traditional Test Automation
Many IT techs and software developers around the world know that keeping pace with technology is essential for surviving in the competitive application development industry. Yet, some believe the use of traditional tools prove useful in test automation. This approach with regards to software application testing is wrong. Don’t believe us? Let the below information speak for itself!
Why Traditional Test Automation Solutions Are Not Agile?
There are three key reasons for this:
- Traditional tools create a need for Test Automation Specialists.
- The test-last workflow for tradition tools is wrong for agile teams.
- Difficult to maintain scripts become an impediment to change with these tools.
Here’s how agile-friendly tools address these concerns:
Traditional tools lack the latest tech and coding for effectively testing software and usually force developers and software teams to wait until after the application is finalized, before the testing automation process can begin. This makes it difficult to record scripts, as you are using the tool against an interface that doesn’t even exist yet in its coding. Subsequently, the usually workflow for traditional test automation looks a little something like this:
- Analytics document and design the test
- Executors report the bugs and execute the tests
- Developers receive the reports and fix the bugs
- Executors keep re-executing tests until all fixes are verified
- Test automation specialists use text documents as specifications for automating the regression tests
As you can see, this particular automation strategy doesn’t work for agile development, even in traditional environments with strict change management practices and long release cycles. So, tests done using these traditional tools don’t exactly allow software developers to uncover much information about the software created.
Saying so, non-traditional tools are now the perfect option for test automation. This is because these tools utilize automation tools/frameworks that are not available in traditional counterparts. Here are a few characteristics of non-traditional, effective agile test automation tools:
Characteristics of Non-Traditional Test Automation Tools
- These tools foster collaboration, teamwork, and cooperation.
- Non-traditional tools support writing of test automation code using real languages with real IDEs
- These tools encourage and support excellent programming practices for test automation coding portions.
- Non-traditional tools separate implementation details from the essence of the test.
- These tools utilize a test-first approach, hence starting the test automation effort almost instantaneously.
Based on the information above, it is clear that traditional tools only have the ability of solving traditional problems using traditional contexts. But agile is definitely not traditional, which means using modern-day tools is crucial for effective agile and test automation adoption. Bear in mind old tools can’t address the challenges faced by modern day teams operating in modern day environments.
This is one of the main reasons why teams operating in traditional contexts have to hire silos and specialists. But agile teams don’t need tools that are optimized or designed for non-programmers. As a result, if you want to survive in the competitive application development and testing industry, use of non-traditional test automation tools is essential.