With the increase in the quality of software application and hardware platforms, new digital transformations are happening, creating a competitive advantage for organizations. Indeed, with both Agile and DevOps being integrated into businesses to stay up to speed, continuous integration (CI), continuous delivery (CD), and continuous testing (CT) have become the key elements in driving quality digital transformations.
Continuous testing has thus become vital in software testing. Integrating code changes is essential in the software delivery life cycle and there is now pressure for enterprises to innovate and change. Agile and DevOps with continuous testing can offer the framework to address these requirements as well as deliver software quickly and with quality.
Why have Continuous Testing?
Continuous Testing is a software testing type that involves testing the software at every stage of the software development life cycle. The goal is to evaluate the quality of software at every step of the Continuous Delivery Process by testing early and testing often.
Today, there is a need to have high-performing, navigable, scalable, secure, intuitive, and fast-loading applications. For enterprises to meet those requirements, the software development process needs to support a strong QA mechanism in the Agile or DevOps models. QA has to be a part of an integrated team with development.
In Agile Testing, the software is testing throughout the various stages of development, so defects are identified and fixed early in the process. Having a continuous testing strategy allows enterprises to set up the processes, systems, and automation to speed up the time to market as well as install improved feedback loops and deliver favorable business outcomes for high-quality products and services and an enhanced customer experience.
Hence, Continuous Testing allows a rapid and risk-free feedback loop in the Agile testing pipeline, which leads to a better understanding of the issues faced by the customers.
Agile and DevOps models
In order to deliver the best quality and efficient products in an ever-evolving competitive environment, enterprises must focus on continuous test automation and collaboration.
Indeed, having a DevOps approach allows businesses to manage demand and implement rapid changes in the development process as well as address their acceleration and integration needs. Moreover, having a built-in mechanism within the pipeline will also enable enterprises to receive continuous feedback and deliver better quality features and functions.
Benefits of Continuous Testing
By implementing CI and CD to their strategy needs, many businesses have refined their processes and technical frameworks. Hence, CI, CD, and Continuous Testing can cover all dimensions of an organization’s operations, which ensures the rapid and frequent deployment of quality software applications to end-users.
Therefore, all of these interconnected methodologies have helped enterprises to quicken time to market, have better productivity and efficiency, frequent releases of reliable and stable builds, better feedback mechanisms, build products aligned to the market, and finally, give an enhanced customer experience.
With Agile, DevOps, and Continuous Testing, enterprises are better equipped to deliver high-quality software products and services and face competitive business markets.