Why You Need to Test Continuously

Continuous testing is about incorporating a testing mentality at every stage in the software development lifecycle. It allows you to verify the quality of software after each code change in an automated way within the CI process.

Continuous testing reduces risk and removes the testing bottleneck. It allows for fixes during sprint rather than after. It also reduces developer’s bug fixing time.

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In an ideal world, DevOps runs continuously. But the reality is that most teams’ DevOps pipelines are broken. Manual testing is slow. Automation is flaky. And worst of all, testing holds back innovation.

No matter where you are at, Perfecto can take your testing to where it needs to be.

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How to Accomplish Continuous Testing

Continuous testing improves efficiencies across the entire DevOps pipeline — but it’s not easy to accomplish. Here are the five steps to reaching a state of continuous testing.

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Stable Automation

Stable means here that you’ve removed all issues you’re encountering and using a smart reporting system which can point out false negatives.

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Daily Cycle

Your next phase is to add this limited amount of scripts into a repetitive pattern. Those scripts needs to run at least once a day, automatically, unattended, and of course successfully.

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Increase Coverage

The next phases are all about reaching valuable and meaningful coverage of automation. This can be accomplished with the help of a low maintenance lab to help you scale your testing.

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Reach 95% Coverage

In this stage, you cover whatever can be automated — as much as 90 to 95% of tests. You will need environment control (such as network virtualization and sensor mocking) to reach high percentage of coverage.

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Achieve Continuous Testing

Stage five is all about moving from nightly to continuously testing. Why? You want even faster feedback. This is where developers can benefit from accurate testing data during the day. And continuous delivery cuts the defect fixing time by 50%.

4 Keys to a Continuous Testing Framework

The foundation of continuous testing is comprised of four elements. These work together to enforce a strong, unified strategy. Each element relies on each other — when one fails, they all do. But together, they form an optimized foundation to evolve automated testing into continuous testing.

Streamlined Test Creation

Getting test creation right is critical. Without it, testing becomes the bottleneck. You’ll experience slower releases. And you’ll spend more time fixing bugs — which means less time innovating.

Skill-matched test creation tools are an important piece of a continuous testing solution. Whether it’s Appium, Selenium, or an AI-powered codeless testing solution, it’s critical to utilize the right tools for your needs.

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Scalable Test Execution

Continuous testing requires you to achieve a high degree of automation. In order to achieve that automation, you need to be able to orchestrate large testing suites across platforms. This enables high-velocity testing, as well as elastic scaling — both of which are critical to continuous testing as you grow.

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A 24/7 Stable Lab

In order to achieve continuous testing, you need a stable testing lab. Why? Because without the foundation of a reliable lab, your tests will not be able to execute at full force. And that will slow down the entire DevOps process. 

A testing lab needs to be enterprise-grade, scalable, and secure with smart, self-healing capabilities. And because it has near-zero downtime, you can be sure all your tests will run smoothly.

Smart Testing Lab

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Smart Test Analysis

The only way to achieve continuous testing is if you have fast feedback. Without a test reporting solution, teams have to sift through mountains of data. It slows down the testing process. But a smart test analytics solution can provide AI-powered insights that can speed up the process.

Test Reporting

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Automated Testing vs. Continuous Testing

At first glance, “automated testing” and “continuous testing” might seem interchangeable. But continuous testing is about more than test automation.

Continuous testing is the process of executing automated tests as a part of the software delivery pipeline. This is done to obtain feedback on business risks associated with a software release. It also leads to quicker release schedules, all while ensuring your brand’s reputation and the user experience are protected.

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3 Fundamentals of Continuous Testing

Don’t let testing hold you back — keep up with the pace of innovation. After all, innovation is key to staying competitive. Continuous testing allows teams to move faster and accelerate the testing process. It also avoids business-killing software failures by ensuring continuous alignment of three critical factors.

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PEOPLE

Each person has a unique responsibility within the delivery pipeline. Each one must have the proper skills for their role. Communication and collaboration among team members is critical for success.

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PROCESS

Instead of “automating everything,” teams should start small. Focus on test automation code quality, stability, efficiency, and its ability to provide valuable feedback to developers. Once test automation is stabilized, increase test coverage.

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TECHNOLOGY

To test continuously, you need a stable testing environment. But stability is more than just matching the test lab and the environment to the tools of the team. It’s also about alignment with the teams’ skills and software methodologies, such as BDD, ATDD, TDD, and codeless testing.

Test Automation Strategy for Beginners

Automated testing is intimidating for beginners. How can teams infuse automation into the DevOps process and achieve continuous testing? Use this eBook to understand how to craft a test automation strategy that will empower your DevOps processes, accelerate delivery, and reduce manual labor.

eBook: Test Automation Strategy for Beginners

Continuous Testing in DevOps: 8 Considerations for Managers

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Number of Projects

And their type (mobile, web, responsive web, progressive web, etc.)

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Team Size

Dev, test, ops, source code management, etc.

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Team Skill Sets

Development languages, testing familiarity, coding skills.

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Lifecycle Methods

Software development lifecycle methods – ATDD, BDD, etc.

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Tool Chain

Technology availability – which tool stack is currently in use and what is missing?

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Analytics

Market trends and analytics to support new features, user stories, etc.

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Lab Sizing

And coverage requirements.

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Clear Metrics

That are achievable, meaningful, and clearly understood.

End-to-End Continuous Testing Support

The Perfecto platform gives DevOps teams everything they need to develop, implement, and maintain continuous testing throughout the DevOps pipeline. In fact, it’s the only solution on the market to offer test creation, execution, and test results analysis all based out of a cloud-based lab. The Perfecto platform also offers the following:

Key Insights in the CI Pipeline

The Perfecto CI dashboard provides end-to-end visibility for testing. This dashboard helps teams reduce the duration of the build assessment and get to actionable answers faster. It also include a high-level summary of the results of each build test. The summary includes:

  • Artifacts
  • Filtering by branches
  • Build trending over time
  • Build execution length trends
  • And more
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Fast Feedback and Analytics

To support a continuous testing pipeline, teams need a fast feedback loop from the time code is being changed, tested, and ready to release. Perfecto offers an all-in-one smart test reporting and analytics solution for fast feedback and visibility throughout the DevOps pipeline.

Each team member, whether a developer, tester, or executive, can leverage test automation dashboards and reports — complete with logs, videos, network files, etc. — to get the insights needed to drive quality data-driven decisions.

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Open & Integrated

Perfecto’s Smart Testing Lab enables DevOps teams to develop and test their web and mobile apps using all the leading test automation frameworks, IDEs, and continuous integration servers. Perfecto integrates with more frameworks, including:

 

selenium
appium
xctest
espresso
quantum
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watir
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In addition, DevOps teams can leverage our rich IDE plugins for Eclipse, IntelliJ, Android Studio, and Visual Studio, and execute their build acceptance tests using Jenkins, TeamCity, Bamboo and more.

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Create, execute, and analyze tests in our lab. Our all-in-one cloud-based platform covers all your continuous testing needs.