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Any test automation team would know how to run automated testing. However, it is only an expert and proficient automation testing team that would be able to keep the testing simple, while avoiding anti-patterns. Being able to write maintainable and easy to understand tests is no mean task, but if you partner with the right company, your business would receive the best in class automation testing. As a business you must know what a top line partner would do to keep the tests simple and avoid the anti-patterns.
- 1. All tests must pass – meaning they must be written clearly and fulfill the need for which they were created
- 2. The tests must clearly state what they expect to verify
- 3. There must be no duplication of code – since this would lead to problems especially when any changes are to be affected
- 4. Expert testers will reduce the cognitive strain on users by keeping tests simple
Ensuring uncomplicated automated testing means that despite advanced automation technology, there must be a robust test design. The absence of a structured test design would lead to a variety of problems, which when compounded to lead to tests that would incomplete, ineffective, and hard to maintain. For optimal testing and a high quality product, there are certain anti-patterns/habits that must be avoided. Simplified testing must be coupled with strict avoidance of anti-patterns, which are listed below:
Stretched SequenceLong sequences with small steps are usually how tests are designed. This contributes to making them difficult to maintain and manage. It is advisable to first put together a high-level test design, and can include elements such as scope and definition of the test products, with the objectives of the tests – depending on the approach/method.