In the present day scenario of software development, the requirements of people are constantly changing. The software industry has evolutionised over the past few decades. Clients demand 'state of the art' software end product, hence the requirements have to be fairly organised so as to couple it with the feasibility of development of the product. With the advent of such a trend in the IT industry, the term 'Agile' has gained importance.
Agile means dynamic. The ever changing needs of the clients, availability of a wide range of technologies, it becomes really important to be a good planner. Planning plays a very important role, carefully drafting the pertinent facts relevant to the project plan is very important in the environment of dynamic change. Hence, the term 'Agile Methodology'.
Now, we look into a more detailed study of agile methodology with the help of a diagram.
Agile model provides flexibility to the entire development process. The pictorial depiction is an approximation of the model, wherein there is a scope for continuous improvement through planning, review, discussion and reaching a conclusion. This model can be thought of as an incremental model . Tasks are divided into smaller parts and an iterative approach is adopted. With the accomplishment of one task, one can move on to the next and can see to the proper integration of features.
The term 'Automation' has a similar meaning with the word automatic. There are so many tools available to perform test on a software product. So in simple terms, automation testing is the method of testing a software application using an automated system.
To use automation testing approach in an agile environment, is a matter of choice. When automation testing method is adopted in agile methodology , there are few aspects one needs to take into their consideration.
Following are some of them :
Most testing tools are quite old and cannot keep pace with the agile environment. Here are some key challenges that needs to be dealt with.
We can deal with the issues involved in the process of automation in agile methodology if we can set few parameters :
Concluding this topic , I would like to throw light on the fact that change is inevitable and planning becomes the core around which the whole process of agility works on. Effective change implementation with a continuous development process is the right approach to move ahead in the right direction for delivering the right end product.