Frequent Analysis helps identify which tasks need to be tested repeatedly and create an environment to automate testing software processes easily. Thus developers can quickly deploy the code into production. It also helps to improve the transparency of the tasks. CI/CD also creates a system where teams can continuously get feedback upon deployment.
How to Speed Test Automation Using CI/CD
CI/CD pipelines reduce the time required to deploy & test the software by transforming the repetitive tasks into automation. It efficiently manages the test strategy of the entire development cycle. Here are six best practices of CI/CD to speed test automation:
1. Identify Frequent Tasks to Automate
It is not possible to automate every testing task. Some of the tasks need a manual test to run effectively. So, developers need to identify which stages they need to automate. The analysis helps to identify the frequent and repeatable tasks to automate. It also identifies tests that need higher skill and resources to perform and automate them.
Converting the most trivial tasks to be tested using Automation drives the development industry. As all tasks are not possible to automate, it is important to automate each task that requires a specific skill set of a Manual QA. Speed of testing increases when such tasks are automated & dependency of Manual QA is removed from the equation.
3. Start with Simple and Easy Tests
Through CI/CD the process of development & deployment becomes faster, However, for most advanced automated tests, the time taken is longer than lightweight tasks. That is why they require different time and resources to complete the tasks. To save time and find issues quickly, developers need to identify components that can be optimized in order for the automated test to execute smoothly. This way the complex and heavyweight automated tests can also be run in an optimized manner.
4. Clean and Short Testing Environment
Developers need to use a clean testing environment to avoid the risk of residual effect. Using a temporary environment is a better solution. They can also use containers to minimize the effect of a different host.
5. Rollback Process
Sometimes developers may find issues with applications in the previous release. These occur because of changes in earlier updates. Developers need to perform RCA (root cause analysis), which is time-consuming. To solve this problem, developers need to roll back the changes with version control mechanisms.
6. Use the Most Efficient CI/CD Tools
Tools in the integration and deployment need to be strong enough to speed up the process. They also need to deliver value according to the expectation. Developers need to choose testing tools that are time-consuming, reliable, and usable.
Automation is the core component of developing, testing, and deploying in the software development lifecycle. Automation improves the quality, efficiency, and speed of the development by performing test cases with high accuracy & throughput. Automation along with CI/CD is a very efficient way to develop software solutions.