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My Automation Adventures: Why It's a QA Game-Changer

Updated: Jul 4

As a Quality Assurance (QA) tester, I've always understood the need of rigorous testing. It's what differentiates satisfied consumers from subpar products. Automated quality assurance testing, often referred to as automated testing, involves using specialised software tools to execute pre-scripted tests on a software application before it is released into production. The primary goal is to ensure that the application performs as expected and to identify any defects or issues early in the development process.


 

We use automated QA testing because there are drawbacks to manual testing, such as time limits, repetitive work, and the constant worry about errors made by humans. Adopting automated testing fundamentally altered the way I work and strengthened my belief that it can greatly improve software quality.

 

The significance of automation in quality assurance engineering:

  • Unrivalled Vigilance: Automated tests monitor the code continuously, much like a group of dedicated auditors. They identify those tiny errors that a human tester might miss. Concerns about issues being missed are reduced by this level of detail.

  • Concentrating on What Counts: Regression tests that are repeated constantly will no longer take hours! Time is freed up by automation to take on challenging scenarios, conduct exploratory testing, and get a thorough understanding of the user experience.

  • Clarity and Consistency: Automated tests act as the last reference to the proper operation of the product. Everyone wins from this: new team members onboard more quickly, developers have a better grasp of requirements, and we prevent misunderstanding on complicated projects.

  • Avoiding Headaches Early: Although initial setup of automated testing is work, it is worthwhile in the long run (so far!). Finding flaws early in the development process saves money, time, and stress compared to discovering them after the product is launched.

  • QA Impact and Morale: Manual regression testing all the time is tedious and unappealing. Automation gives QA engineers more time and space to do what they do best, which is evaluate software carefully, promote quality, and come up with innovative methods to break and improve it.


Before embarking on automated QA testing, it is crucial to recognize that it may not always be a one-size-fits-all solution. Take the time to thoroughly understand your system and determine if automation is the right fit (it usually is!). Do not hesitate to seek assistance; First Digital is here to support you in your journey. Numerous resources and outstanding communities are available to provide guidance and support as you explore automation.

 

So, are you ready to level-up your QA game? I say go for it! You might just be surprised at how much you love it (and how much time you get back in your day!).

 

Kylo Bell


Hi, I 'm Kylo and I am an experienced QA tester with a keen eye for detail and a passion for ensuring the highest quality in software development. With a robust background in testing across User Acceptance Testing (UAT) and Production environments, I try my best to identify and resolve issues to deliver seamless user experiences. Dedicated to continuous improvement, I stay updated on the latest testing methodologies and tools. I look forward to future of testing and QA and hope to continue to catch those sneaky bugs.



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