Continuous Integration a Boon for Development

Posted By : Richa Sharma | 23-Apr-2021


Continuous testing decreases feedback loops via automated testing that occurs throughout the development lifecycle—therefore continuous testing is not only the responsibility of the testers but the QA and everyone using the software.  

Create a Continuous Testing Strategy

It is essential to have goals that you want to strike from your testing approach, which demands a testing analysis.  

Chad Washington, the chief at ThoughtWorks identified 4 questions essential for developing a testing strategy, they are as follows:-

  1. Can we design tests at an early stage to mitigate business risks?
  2. Can the tests be designed to display actual user behavior?
  3. Can testers work well with all stakeholders in the software development process to make sure requirements are fully understood?
  4. Whether other components are in place to make sure the continuous testing is effective?

Using Automated Acceptance Tests

Automated acceptance test cases are an essential part of continuous testing, they help the QA team to understand the systems' business behavior. The core of Continuous testing is running and executing these tests often and at an early stage. These tests are designed not to check every line of code but to focus on behavior of the system towards the user requirements. 

Essentially, the engineering team on continuous testing recommends that developers practice test-driven development when writing the unit test and supplement them with automated acceptance tests, Most importantly they don't recommend the QA team to write and manage the acceptance tests. However most organization don't follow this approach, for example, we at oodles technologies have both dev and QA team to broadly understand what every other person is doing, if required The team works both ways, get into details, to build and test them. We work together to provide the best and perfect blend of the technology, cost-effective and integrated technical solutions using leading -edge technologies ranging from Blobkchain, Artificial intelligence, Saas, data Security, ERP, big data to video streaming solutions.

Continuous Testing would not work in Isolation

The deployment pipeline is a crucial element of the process and continuous delivery. Similarly, continuous integration, configuration management, and automatic deployment are all also key elements. Continuous testing doesn’t exist without them.

I have seen organizations with no continuous integration setup claiming that they are doing effective continuous testing. That’s not continuous testing.

Prioritizing the team effort 

Finally, a word on collaboration generally on continuous delivery projects. More than writing code, keeping infrastructure up and running, or good QA, continuous delivery relies on Team effort. Continuous integration is all about encouraging collaboration between developers & QA whereas DevOps is all about collaboration between development and operations.

Continuous delivery can best be realized when all teams operate during a social, collaborative environment, with the required information from downstream and upstream teams, and by working with relevant experts when clarifications are needed or issues happen.


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Richa Sharma

Richa has a good knowledge of Software Testing field. She believes in continuous learning and completing the work with full dedication. Apart from that she loves to sketch.

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