Software testing is a delicate balancing act in which developers need to showcase their ability to meet customer, security, performance, and usability requirements.
As most in the industry know, weaving together all the elements of a successful software design isn’t always a linear, smooth process. Instead, it can involve multiple rounds of testing and reworks, made more complicated by the fact that changes to one function, component, or line of code can have significant trickle-down effects.
For teams looking to add more structure to this otherwise iterative testing process, one approach can give developers the information they need much earlier in the testing lifecycle. To accelerate the move from initial design to final product, teams should implement the test automation pyramid.
So what is the test automation pyramid, and how can it benefit your team?
What is the test automation pyramid?
The test automation pyramid is a visual representation of the types of automated tests that should be conducted during the software development lifecycle and the frequency at which they should appear in a testing suite to deliver quality software.
Unit and component tests are at the lowest level. This means there should be more of these tests—which involve testing small units of code—than any other type.
Application programming interface (API) or integration acceptance tests comprise the middle tier.
End-to-end and graphical user interface (GUI) testing are at the pyramid’s peak. These are high-level tests, so they should be run much less often.
To take the test automation pyramid from theory to practice, your team can create and utilize test scripts that align with the focus and frequency of each layer of the model until the software meets the acceptance criteria. After that, your team can move to more intensive manual testing.
Implementing the test automation pyramid is more about shifting the frequency and order of software tests rather than altering the mechanics of the quality assurance (QA) process. In other words, implementing the test automation pyramid can be relatively smooth for most agile teams, especially with the right test management tool.
To kick-start their adoption of the test automation pyramid, teams can:
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