7 Skills To Become A Successful Automation Tester In 2019

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With new-age project development methodologies like Agile and DevOps slowly replacing the old-age waterfall model, the demand for testing is increasing in the industry. Testers are now working together with the developers and automation testing is vastly replacing manual testing in many ways. If you are new to the domain of automation testing, the organization that just hired you, will expect you to be fast, think out of the box, and able to detect bugs or deliver solutions which no one thought of. But with just basic knowledge of testing, how can you be that successful test automation engineer who is different from their predecessors? What are the skills to become a successful automation tester in 2019? Let’s find out.

#1 Skill For Automation Tester — Programming Languages..!

Having a little background in programming will not only simplify those automation scripts, but it will also help you to improve communication with the developer. Not only that, but you can also participate on in-depth functionality testing, once unit testing is completed. Now, to attain the #1 skill for automation tester, there are 2 different aspects and how much programming knowledge is required depends on your role and where do you see yourself in the industry after a few years. The aspects are

Designing the Frameworks

Creating the Test Scripts

#2 Skill For Automation Tester — Excellent Manual Testing Skills

Human Perspective Is All that Matters

Some Testing Can Only Be Done Manually

Automated Tests May Contain Loopholes

Certain Scenarios Are Not Feasible For Automation Testing

You Get An Idea About The Whole Problem

#3 Skill For Automation Tester — Expertise With Automation Tools

Proudly supporting all major browsers, Selenium has become a household name in the world of automation testing. Almost all major browsers ensure that Selenium is a native section of them. And with the introduction of WebDriver, Selenium ensured flawless execution of browser-based web application automation testing. No matter whether you are a fresher or an experienced test automation engineer. You should have knowledge or working experience in Selenium. Plus, it is open-source! If you are already working on any variant of Selenium then you will find LambdaTest to be a very promising platform for executing your automation scripts on the cloud. LambdaTest offers parallel test execution for automation testing with Selenium on more than 2000 browsers with their online Selenium grid.

HP — UFT

SoapUI

RFT

Appium

Apache JMeter

#4 Skill For Automation Tester — Understanding The Business Requirements

Similarly, a skilled automation tester must know the application inside out, from both frontend as well as the service layer before the testing phase begins. They must know

  • The programming languages used by the development team.
  • Platform or device requirement where the application is meant to run by end users.
  • Databases used for storing the backend information along with user data.
  • APIs or web services connected to the system and how they are used.
  • All the features and functions expected by the end user or the stakeholder once the application goes live.
  • Is there any manual testing executed while the testing phase began, if so, how?
  • Expected time spent by a manual tester while testing the application.
  • Whether there are any critical bugs that were left unfixed during the last release and how it may impact the business.
  • Expected delivery date by which the testing phase is needed to be completed.
  • Browser Differences
    Apart from the major browsers with the increasing usage of so many open source browser, that too varying according to age group or geolocation, a skilled automation tester should be concerned about the browser compatibility testing of a website. The tester should have either sufficient knowledge on creating a browser compatibility matrix, as well as, automated cross browser testing using Selenium WebDriver or using a cloud based platform like LambdaTest to find out whether the site he is working on, is rendered perfectly on all the targeted browsers.

The points mentioned are, however, very basic and their complexity depends upon the nature of the application as well as the development methodology.

#5 Skill For Automation Tester — Troubleshooting The Automation Tools

  • The script is showing some errors in the test result but the application is working fine as per business requirement.
  • The script is showing success but the application is throwing some real-time errors.

These, known in the industry as false negatives and false positives, mostly happens when the testers do not have sufficient knowledge in configuring the test scripts. They just keep on using templates and expects the test to run successfully. If you want to become a successful automation tester, you should have detailed knowledge in configuring the tools and how to troubleshoot them when scenarios like false positive and false negative arise.
Especially, if you are a test lead, you must be sure that the architecture of the application is compatible with the tool meant for running the automation test. Trying to use a tool that is not compatible with the application will result in unsuccessful test cases and unforeseen errors which may be difficult to troubleshoot.

#6 Skill For Automation Tester — Experience With Test Management Tools

  • They are flexible and allows the user to record any error and sort them according to priority depending on how the error is affecting the project. Besides, its scalability allows easy exchange of information between the team members.
  • If you are an automation test lead, working experience in a test management tool will help you to keep track of how the testing phase is transitioning from one phase to another. You will be able to maintain a dashboard, where you can document the test cases according to the phases where they were used, ensuring reusability in future projects as well.
  • If you are a tester, you can report your activities in the tool and if you are a test lead, you can have a real-time report of the resources working under you and what they are doing. This helps in analyzing what is happening in the current project and speeds up the overall activity since no time is wasted while tracking the resources.
  • Last but not least, you can be free from worries regarding security issues. Having a test management tool will ensure that all the important information regarding the testing phase are secured and meant to be accessed only by your team and the management.

#7 Skill For Automation Tester — Knowledge Of Different Development Methodologies

Bonus Point! — Certifications Are an Added Advantage

  • Certified Associate in Software Testing
  • ISTQB — Foundation Level
  • ISTQB — Advanced Level — Test Manager
  • ISTQB — Advanced Level — Test Analyst
  • HP HP0-M102 for UFT version 12.0
  • Certified Software Test Engineer

Concluding!

Originally published at LambdaTest

Author Arnab Roy Chowdhury

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Product Growth at @lambdatesting (www.lambdatest.com)

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