By Ciprian Bacila, Quality Assurance Manager at Luminos Labs
With the uncertainty of the economy, many digital commerce businesses have made it a primary focus to cut costs and increase efficiency. On top of this, eCommerce has become an absolute necessity. How do you keep costs down, launch a website quickly, and not decrease the quality of your goods and services? A combination of manual and automated testing can be a great strategy to keep costs under control when launching, re-branding, or re-platforming your website.
The development process is not an exact science and requires constant monitoring to achieve the desired result. The Quality Assurance (QA) department is responsible for tracking intended requirements to ensure nothing is lost or broken in the development process. Most testing can be automated to save you valuable time (especially regression testing), yet manual testing activity is always required to a certain degree. Having a dedicated manual tester on the development team is vital to ensure applications are built based on agreed-upon requirements and is usable from the end-user’s perspective.
The Smart Way to Test
Testing automation is considered a critical factor for any large project, but many think it’s too expensive or difficult to adapt to smaller projects. Due to historical reasons, the cost factor can be the first consideration when deciding whether to implement automation or stick with manual testing in their development projects. Depending on the size of the project and application, it can be quite apparent that test automation will provide you a significant return on investment (ROI) – how much ROI entirely depends on the adoption and execution of test automation in your organization. Once you create the initial automated test, the test can be run often at no additional cost and complete faster than any manual tests, reducing the time to run repetitive tests from weeks to hours.
An investment to automate repetitive tests will pay numerous dividends. Not only does it save you time, but it also offers you the ability to run the tests on multiple browsers and devices, increasing the testing coverage. A manual tester can then focus their efforts on developing new features. If the developers break the website in any way, the problem can be identified quickly and fixed before the manual testing process starts.
“The problem is not that testing is the bottleneck. The problem is that you don’t know what’s in the bottle. That’s a problem that testing addresses.”
Michael Bolton, DevelopSense.com
The software development ecosystem is dynamic but also suffers from both software and hardware fragmentation. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM) are launching new devices, customizations, and Operating System (OS) updated versions that may break an application. Therefore, it is essential to remember that your application often needs to be updated in these digital ecosystems. For market and device compatibility, best practices say to revisit and test your application against these devices. For all these issues, automated testing has you covered as you already have reusable test cases, scripts, and code.
Another problem you may encounter when using automated tests is that often only a trained person understands them and the results they generate. Fortunately, there are a series of tools, dashboards, and software that can make the automation understandable to non-testers.
Automated Testing Framework
To help our clients keep costs down and ease the adoption of automated testing, Luminos Labs has developed a testing framework that you can set up for your projects. The framework uses Cucumber, a software tool that supports behavior-driven testing. Central to the Cucumber Behavior Driven Testing approach is its ordinary language parser called Gherkin, which allows expected software behaviors to be specified in a logical language that anyone can understand. The optimized testing process, which combines manual and automated testing, will enable you to test fast while ensuring high-quality standards. You can easily access the general state of the application so you can spot a defect easily and use the generated reports for the automated tests.
Your digital commerce transformation project should not take 6+ months and cost over half-million dollars. A lot of complex research and strategy before go-live is essentially guesswork, and website features should develop from real data. Setting up automated testing for your eCommerce project can help you decrease the timeline of your implementation, saving money, and increasing your site’s quality.
If you’re looking for an implementation partner to help you invest in digital commerce platforms and ecosystems that are flexible and scalable, Get Started with Luminos Labs to help guide you through your journey.