How to Overcome Test Automation Challenges

Automation testing is a vital part of software testing. The organisations can speed up the software testing procedure and enlarge the area of execution by using the services of this type of testing. With regards to the execution of automation testing, manual testers might face many difficulties. In case, if such issues are not addressed properly, there is a good possibility that software testing might get failed.


What Does A Manual Tester Do?

Tester is an intermediator between the developer and customer. In case he misses out any defect while doing testing and that defect is detected by the customer, he is then accountable for each clarification of a defect that isn’t yet fixed, not the developer who developed the software. Additionally, if he finds any defect, then he is responsible to fix it on the behalf of the developer.


Difficulties Faced by Manual Testers

Following are the difficulties that a manual tester might face during automation testing:


  • Thorough Understanding of the Requisites

When the prerequisites are documented and given to a manual tester, it is his responsibility to recognise every requirement accurately. In case there is any uncertainty, then he must converse with a client and clear it. It becomes quite challenging for him when he needs to understand and see every prerequisite and after that makes ‘test cases’ accordingly.

  • 100% Test Coverage

There is nothing named as 100% testing. This is a challenge for the tester for covering the maximum application areas for testing and discovering maximum defects to improve it.

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  • Complete Test Execution before Implementation

Testing not only comprises of test case execution but also involves execution, logging of deformities, exploratory testing and regression testing. Because of the tight schedule, it is very hard to complete the testing before the targeted date.

  • Think From the Client Point of View

Testing an application from the client perspective is great difficulty faced by a tester doing the test of an application. The different clients will adopt different methods. The tester needs to test the application by keeping in mind that it must be useful and valuable for the client.

  • Find Out Difficult Bugs

It is not hard to discover bugs that are not as per the prerequisite is given to a tester. On the contrary, it is challenging to find out the difficult bugs that are not described in the documents and are vital from the client’s perspective.

  • Coping Up With Modified Requirements

At times, requirements are changed or even added in between the project. It becomes difficult to cope up with the new changes within the target specified and assure that all the previous ones work legitimately.



How to Overcome This?

Without a doubt, facing difficulties doing automation testing is obvious. Besides, a well-organised test automation procedure helps you in reducing these difficulties.

  • Scarce Test Area

As the changes are projected beforehand, doing changes in coding will result in poor test coverage. The regression automation – that guarantees any code change hasn’t modified any current functionality and software is working as according to the prerequisite, is an ideal solution.

  • Unplanned Code Breaking Because of Frequent Changes

As the codes are modified every day, there is a possibility that code breaking is very high. For minimising this issue, a well-organised automation procedure needs to be created without a constant mixing.

[Related Read: A Context-Driven Approach to Automation in Testing]


  • Scanty API Testing

Most of the mobile applications are currently developed with a service-oriented design that discloses their APIs to everybody, thus enabling a third-party designer to enhance the solution. While designing APIs, there is a possibility to disregard API testing, because of the huge intricacy of its execution. Testing of application programming interfaces necessitates high coding range of abilities. This is possible by making use of automation devices. This assures that APIs are thoroughly tested inevitably.


  • Implementation Issues

More the software functionality will be, the more will be its code structure complexity. In order to make it easy, more of the lines are included and it additionally leads to implementation issues if the concentration sidelines the performance that end-client experiences. The solution to this is discovering the code lines leading to implementation issues and their effect after some time. A range of load testing software can aid the search for the slow area and can record the implementation after some time, to make the implementation efficient from variant to form.

  • Complex Mobile Testing

The manual procedure of mobile testing is a tedious task. The complexity is further expanding the number of new releases in the market. To guarantee the best possible working of the code, there is a necessity of well-manufactured automation software that can help in mobile app testing services.




Final Words

In an agile environment, the full attention might be on the buildup of a right type of product and cutting down the long term risk which is related to the software development. The agile development process advances and supports change and to keep up the change inside the allowable restraints, investment in the automation test is mandatory.


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Munish Garg is a Senior Coordinator QA Engineer & Editor associated with Bugraptors. His passion for helping people in all aspects of software testing flows through in the expert industry coverage he provides. In addition to writing for Software testing, he expands his knowledge and tact’s for decoding all the critical issues while doing software testing.

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Munish Sharma is a Senior QA Engineer & Editor at Bugraptors, a CMMi level 5 certified software testing company providing manual & automation testing services. With years of experience and proficiency in manual and automation testing operations, Munish is a focused leader striving to create bug-free and zero-defect technology solutions. He’s highly driven pro-oriented at achieving the end user’s perspective with a solid grip on unit testing, integration testing, regression testing, smoke testing, alpha testing, beta testing, system testing, and stress testing techniques.
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