When it comes to automation testing, many of us believe that it is just a part of the Software Development Life Cycle, but to achieve the best results with automation mobile application testing, one must follow the complete cycle of automation testing, known as Automation Testing Life Cycle.
Project managers and developers face the challenge of building mobile applications with minimal resources and within a limited schedule. No matter the developers have to do more with less, it is the responsibility of organizations to test the mobile application adequately, quickly, and thoroughly. Organizations are, therefore, moving to automation testing to accomplish this goal efficiently from manual testing
THE STAGES IN AUTOMATION TESTING LIFE CYCLE
Automation testing life cycle runs almost parallel with the process of software development life cycle. The automation testing process involves a multi-stage procedure that includes activities needed for working an application smoothly.
6 stages of software development life cycle
1.Determination of the scope of the test automation
- Selection of Right Tool For Automation testing
- Test Plan /Test Design /Test Strategy
- Environment and Test lab setup
- Automation Test Script and test case development
- Generation and analysis of the test results
1.DETERMINATION OF THE SCOPE OF TEST AUTOMATION
This is the stage where the automation testing life cycle starts and the aim of this step is the identification of the feasibility of automation testing. Each aspect has to be taken into consideration to analyze this feasibility. Moreover, it is important to run a viability analysis on the manual testing pack also, which lets the automation testing in designing the testing scripts.
2. SELECTING OF RIGHT TOOL FOR AUTOMATION
Automation testing is highly tool-dependent testing. That is why finding the right testing tool is a critical phase for an automation testing life cycle. When we are choosing an automation tool we need to keep in mind the budget, technologies, familiarity of the tool with resources, flexibility, and more. We should choose a tool that provides a support team that can take care of queries or issues.
Pcloudy comes as the right fit for automation testing, bringing more than500 browsers for users to test upon. pCloudy offers cloud-based automation testing which is compatible with every test automation framework.
3.TEST PLAN / TEST DESIGN /TEST STRATEGY
During the test planning phase, the testing team has to decide the test procedure creation standards and guidelines for hardware, software, and network to support the test environment. A preliminary test schedule for testing data requirements or defect tracking procedure and associated with a tracking tool.
The team of testing engineers and developers with a test architecture to describe the test program structure and the way test procedures are managed after the test program model is designed.
4- ENVIRONMENT AND TEST LAB SETUP
By the name itself, we can understand that we need to set up a machine or remote machine where our automation test case will execute. We need to keep an eye out for the various devices, but we will also have to consider the different browsers and their versions. our website might look different if one browser is compared to another. Cross-browser testing is the process that you use for testing the web app or website across different versions of browsers to ensure that we can offer an equally great user experience to all the users without any bugs.
5- AUTOMATION TEST SCRIPT AND TEST CASE DEVELOPMENT
In this phase, you have to start to develop an automation script and make sure that all test scripts are running fine and should be stable enough.
Its starts with creating a test script based on your requirement and Creating some common method or function that you can reuse throughout your script. Making your script easy, reusable, well-structured, and documented so if third-person check your script then they can understand your scripts easily. Use better reporting so in case of failure you can trace your code and finally review your script and make the script ready before consumption.
6- GENERATION AND ANALYSIS OF THE TEST RESULT
This is the last phase of the Automation test life cycle in which we will gather test results and will share them with the team and other interested people. We should start with Analysing the output and calculate how much time it will take to complete the test case. We should have good report generation like XSLT report, TestNG report, Reporter NG, etc that can help in better performance.
Automation mobile application testing offers the most effective way of meeting the testing goals while keeping within the deadlines and with the available resources. But, to get the expected results, we will need to go through the entire cycle, and that too, with the right environment with the right tools.