Testing the product is as important as developing it. Testing ensures that the product fulfills all the requirements of the customer and it performs the way it is supposed to. Not just that, the test needs to be carried out in a fashion that is safer, bug-free, secure, accurate, and also meets up with today’s fast-moving agile environment. Above all that, we need our process to be completed in the shortest possible time. So, how can we attend that? Simple! By pacing up our Test Cycles. In this article, we are going to understand what test cycles are and how we can speed up our test cycles in the process of testing and increasing the overall process efficiency.
What are Test Cycles?
In layman language, we can say that running the complete set of test cases to achieve the desired project goals, is termed as Test Cycle. To perform this we need expert and skilled testers because they are highly experienced and their thought process of understanding the code will be more accurate than any newbie. And so they will consume less time in resolving the issues. Test Cycles usually make up part of the test plan where the other parts being Test Plan ID, Test items, approach to test, environmental needs, staff and training, Risk, and mitigation. Test cycles could simulate for hours, a day, a month, or no given time. End-to-End test, Regression test, Build- verification test are a few examples of test cycles.
Top 8 Ways with which you can Speed up your Test Cycle
Your team is your biggest asset. Communicating and understanding your teammates, leads to a much healthier environment to work in, and keeping everyone on the same page in terms of test planning, documentation, test strategy, designing, and implementation will be more effective and efficient. Your teammates are some of the most important tools and with their help, any task could be performed easily and in a short span of time hence communication is the key, my friend.
We underestimate the art of organization and don’t bother to keep it on our priority list. But it is well said that “For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned”. That means we should organize the documents and test cases correctly, neatly, and should be accurately maintained for later use and references. This will decrease the time duration of the next cycle and everything will run much smoother.
3. Judging on appropriate parameters
The parameters on which you judge your teammates should be precise, as per the requirements and ethically correct. All the workload should be equally distributed among the team members. The vision has to be similar for everyone and individuals should faithfully follow the lead. The goal-oriented path always proves to be less time-consuming. Underestimating or overestimating the targets could be time-wasting sometimes.
4. Parallel Testing Approach
A sequential manner one on one testing seems to be more time taking. So instead of following this approach, we can switch to Parallel Testing. Executing two or more test cases parallelly helps in wrapping up the task more easily and rapidly. Parallel testing is your ticket to quick testing as it executes more test cases in a short period. For the smooth running of the test, the ideal approach is to use different browsers at a time.
5. Correct usage of Tools
Many tools are there to increase the productivity, quality, and accuracy of the product. But being a tester you need to select the right set of tools efficiently as per the customer and project’s requirements. Investing in the right open-source frameworks or automation tools can make your life as a quality assurance person a lot easier.
6. Automate — When and What
We know that automating test cases exponentially increases the testing speed but automating the wrong cases can backfire. So we ought to have complete knowledge about automation. For example, we all know about fitness trackers like Fitbit. If we try to automate all the test cases of the Fitbit, it will become really difficult for us to mock all the human movements, making it tougher to test all the end-to-end scenarios of the tracker. So we should avoid automating that. We cannot automate everything in gusto for saving time. Unit tests are the best type of test to automate as they are small in size. It is recommended to use automation testing rather than manual as automation testing is a data-driven process for recurring cycles and hence is comparatively faster and thus helps in increasing the speed of the test cycle.
7. Focusing on Selenium Grid
Selenium Grid is a testing tool that allows us to work simultaneously on multiple browsers and their different versions using multiple operating systems. It works on the architecture of Hub-Node.
A hub is the central and the master unit of the network. It acts like a server. We upload all our test suites in the Hub machine. There is only one hub in the network. There are multiple nodes in the network that are connected to the hub. We specify our requirements to the hub regarding the type of browser and operating system we need our test to be executed on. On the bases of the given requirements, the hub selects the node and forwards the test to the particular node. The node then executes the test.
There are two versions of the selenium Grid — Selenium Grid Version 1 and Selenium Grid Version 2. Version 1 is the older version which is being deprecated now.
The advantage of using a selenium Grid is that the workload is distributed among different nodes and hence the time of execution decreases. Also, we can work on multiple browsers and operating systems in parallel.
The main disadvantage is that while we keep on adding nodes to the hub the cost also increases.
8. Regression Testing
Regression testing is a testing technique that is used to retest the existing code after adding new parts in the code. This is done to check how the code is working after the alterations i.e. whether the new changes have introduced any bugs or errors in the code or not. It is like a verification method.
Test cases, in this case, are required to be executed again and again. So, it is best to automate them as running them manually would be time-consuming. So, automating the test cases would directly impact the speed of the test cycles.
Thus, we have seen different methods through which we can speed up our test cycle. So, start implementing them from today and see the magic. After all, who doesn’t need those extra cookie points from seniors, right!
Using LambdaTest To Speed Up Test Cycles
Although test cycles look like a manual process, it depends heavily on the tool that is being used for the testing purposes. LambdaTest is one such tool that provides a complete environment with all the tools required for cross-browser testing.
LambdaTest has multiple traits built-in to progress as a tool that can speed up the test cycle of the software. The most amazing feature is the screenshot testing.
Screenshot testing allows the user to take a screenshot of the website he is testing on up to 25 browsers at a time. The user can also make the list and during the next iteration, he doesn’t need to select those browsers again. Moreover, being part of the test cycles, the screenshots can be then shared with the entire team.
Apart from the screenshot testing, LambdaTest offers real-time testing in which the user can check out his website live on any browser and operating system he wants from a list of 2000+ browsers. It looks similar to working on those specifications in the personal desktops. With real-time testing, apart from testing your website, the user can mark a bug and log his bug onto multiple integrations into the platform such as Slack and Jira.
LambdaTest also offers integrations for automation testing giving a heads up to the automation testing of your website. Integrations such as Selenium and Selenium Grids into the LambdaTest platform makes it super easy for any user to write selenium automated scripts and run them on the platform. The user can run selenium grids in a similar fashion.
With all these tests going on, it is very important to log the tests for the team use and own future use. For this, LambdaTest provides Test logging features so that whenever a test is executed, it can be recalled and referred by the whole team in the future.