Quality assurance (QA) engineers often find themselves stuck on the planning level of testing, rather than putting theory into practice.
As humans, it’s natural for us to make mistakes. We need to remember that it’s not about creating the perfect product but rather maintaining a balance between theory and implementation.
Anyone in QA knows it takes a lot of effort and time to maintain quality software. This is where automation comes in. Automation seeks to speed up the process by reducing repetition and human error in manual testing.
So, how does automation provide value in the quality assurance process? Let’s take a look.
How automation enhances QA
When it comes to QA, automation can greatly increase confidence in the developed code by placing quality-control checkpoints at each SDLC phase. This can be done through:
- Automated unit tests
- Acceptance tests for validation
- Integration and regression testing
Automated test coverages also help a great deal. The focus for QA can shift towards reviewing the automated tests to focusing more on edge-case scenarios. This helps in the following ways:
- Reduces the amount of time spent on testing
- Increases level of confidence in a cost-effective manner
- Reliability and consistency produces better quality tests
The automated tests can also be run by anyone and can simply run autonomously with the help of pipelines in CI.
A common issue that QA engineers face is having too much documentation. By implementing automation, it reduces the time taken on important manual procedures and ensures increased productivity and efficiency by carrying out the same activity repeatedly without any deviation.
What does QA automation look like in practice?
Automation plays a vital role in the Research and Development (R&D) department at ELMO. Each development team is required to follow the ATDD method when working on any project. Writing unit and acceptance tests are also mandatory for all developers to do during the development phase for any products.
Testing manually and repeatedly is a time-consuming process that can take up development time without providing increased scope. Automating our QA processes drives greater productivity, confidence and better quality in our testing.
What’s it like working in QA at ELMO?
ELMO offers a great range of benefits when it comes to career progression. Regular workshops held by different teams help us get an insight on other career opportunities within the department as well as within the business.
We also have access to a wide range of internal as well as external courses where QAs can participate to expand their skill set. From DevOps to product manager, business analyst, technical lead, scrum master and more, there are a wide variety of positions that can be pursued by any QA.
Above all, we’re encouraged to take a hands-on “walk the walk” approach by taking on new responsibilities, sharing ideas and collaborating between teams.