Business logic tells you to develop fast, show results faster, enhance time-to-market, and fix later. This process is commonly followed by most development teams. Proper testing and the automation of it may be viewed as conflicting to business logic. However, we believe the only way by which products can be built to scale and ensure future releases that are successful is by ensuring and enhancing quality. You cannot build high quality products on top of poorly built legacy code. Also, buggy products will drain more resources than what was originally planned.
Quality automation testing that can be used during development includes:
Automated unit tests – Nearly all of it can be automated, however efforts are required in designing and maintaining the tests. It provides assurance that low level code is correct.
Build verification tests – Run daily on automated builds and gives developers the peace of mind that their code is strong. This type of testing often captures problems early in the cycle.
Functional tests – A larger batch of automated tests run just before a release. The general rule of thumb is anywhere between 40% and 60% of the functional tests can be automated. This can also be broken down into automated performance testing, security testing, reliability testing, etc.
Automation is powerful, but not enough for a better product. Manual intervention is still important. However, automation allows test teams to focus on new functionality, non-automated functions, maintenance needs and test data needs, thereby enhancing and ensuring quality. This offers increased customer satisfaction and enhances the customer’s trust in the product as well as the capabilities of the company.