Automated Testing Concerns
Automated Testing Concerns
The buy-in for automated testing is slow and there is a lack of skilled people to drive greater uptake, success, and ROI.
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To understand the current and future state of automated testing, we spoke to 14 IT professionals intimately familiar with automated testing. We asked them, "What are your biggest concerns around automated testing today?"
Here's what the respondents told us:
- Lack of adoption. The goal of automated testing is to release code. There’s a concern if the security program stops releases. It will be kicked out of the automated pipeline. Change the security process if you find issues in the release process you have to include in one of the 20 releases. Security programs have to be OK with certain issues not be fixed in the current release but fixed in future releases. Taking waterfall security programs and applying to them Agile and security will ultimately be kicked out.
- 1) A variety of tools are available. Invest the time necessary to analyze which tools fit your requirements, and identify the skills needed to use the tools and write the automated tests. 2) Using containers to streamline setting up test environments and running test automation. 3) Maintenance and the high cost of ownership. With aggressive plans to roll out new features, the design may change with features and break automation. This results in changing the automated tests which require a lot of time and effort.
- Start-ups should begin with best practices around test-driven design with hardware, software, and logging to get data. More of a guiding framework for start-ups.
- Work with vendors and try their software to help you succeed. You need to be able to trust and do things on a massive scale. It’s a tough situation where you don’t know what you don’t know.
- There is an imbalance between people’s ability to do automated tests versus the amount of coverage they are trying to achieve. More mature can support a higher degree of automation. We see a number of companies trying to achieve a high level of automation without sufficient maturity. Blindly pursuing 100% automation without understanding the strategy is problematic.
Here’s who shared their insights:
- Drew Horn, Senior Director of Automation, Applause
- Angie Jones, Senior Developer Advocate, Applitools
- Isa Vilacides, Director of Engineering, CloudBees
- Himanshu Dwivedi, CEO, Data Theorem
- Antony Edwards, COO, Eggplant
- Kevin Fealey, Senior Manager Application and Product Security, EY
- Hans Buwalda, CTO, LogiGear
- Malcolm Isaacs, Senior Solutions Manager, Micro Focus
- Madan Mohan, Global Head of Travel and Transportation, NIIT Technologies
- Jared Go, CEO, OhmniLabs
- Derek Choy, CIO, Rainforest QA
- Nancy Kastl, Executive Director of Testing Services, SPR
- Rishikesh Palve, Integration Product Manager, TIBCO
- Ray Wu, CEO, Wynd
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