1. Decide What Test Cases to Automate
It is impossible to automate all testing, the first step to successful automation is to determine what test cases should be automated first
2. Select the Right Automated Testing Tool
Selecting an automated testing tool is essential for test automation. There are a lot of automated testing tools on the market, and it is important to choose the tool that best suits your overall
3. Divide Your Automated Testing Efforts
Usually, the creation of different tests is based on the skill level of the QA engineers. It is important to identify the level of experience and skills for each of your team members and divide your automated testing efforts accordingly.
4. Create Good, Quality Test Data
Good test data is extremely useful for data-driven testing. The data that should be entered into input fields during an automated test is usually stored in an external file. This data might be read from a database or any other data source like text or XML files, Excel sheets, and database tables. A good automated testing tool actually understands the contents of the data files and iterates over the contents in the automated test. Using external data makes your automated tests reusable and easier to maintain. To add different testing scenarios, the data files can be easily extended with new data without needing to edit the actual automated test.
5. Create Automated Tests that are Resistant to Changes in the UI
Automated tests created with scripts or keyword tests are dependent on the application under test. The user interface of the application may change between builds, especially in the early stages. These changes may affect the test results, or your automated tests may no longer work with future versions of the application.