Unfortunately, there are still major hurdles to test automation that can cause significant issues while impacting app speed and quality. Here are five common test automation challenges and how DevOps teams can work to overcome them.

1. Quality engineering talent shortage

From there, your QE team can focus on test automation development that optimizes and fully integrates existing manual processes and human testers with new automated resources.

2. Bottlenecks caused by flaky broken scripts

Automation provides an efficient way to test code, but as more tests are introduced, it can create bottlenecks in the system. The sheer volume of tests and testing types can sometimes be overwhelming, backing up the queue and slowing delivery. Test runs start to get delayed. Test results are late, flaky, or rushed. Then, when broken scripts or flaws are introduced into the testing environment, the problems only magnify. Engineers must be diverted to repair the testing environment, removing them from other duties and slowing down the development cycle.

To keep the CI/CD cycle flowing smoothly and prevent test automation challenges, it’s all about creating a sustainable process. Integrations with Testlio’s automated features or other leading third-party automation platforms pull automation test failures for manual validation or fallback. Failure signals are then pushed to manual testers who investigate, reproduce and quickly offer actionable insights.

3. Maintaining integrations across a diverse DevOps toolchain

Too often, separate tools and platforms are operated in siloed environments, requiring additional work, such as adjusting file formats during handoffs. It also creates a need for more visibility between processes or team members; perhaps some are utilizing tools, and others are not. Yet, many DevOps teams accept that it’s the way things are and work around it — leading to repetitive, manual processes that can introduce human error when they could be automated.

Fused testing helps maximize attainable ROI on current & future investments in test automation tooling with an open and extensible architecture. An agnostic approach to DevOps integrations lowers switching costs and provides flexible tooling options for task management, test management, and test automation through partnerships and integrations.

4. Automated tests miss human issues

But automated tests can only notice some of the apparent issues that manual testers would see, specifically in usability, exploratory, and localization testing areas. 

  • Exploratory testing: Software bugs are sneaky — they hide in the nooks and crannies of project requirements and user stories. Structured exploratory testing helps uncover issues missed from automated scripts.
  • Usability testing: Usability revolves around the entire app-driven experience — something that requires human testing on real devices and in real locations. Usability testing uncovers problem areas where the customer experience falters inside and outside the app.
  • Localization testing: Users will pass up products whose graphical or UI elements are incompatible with their culture, language, or preferred devices. Localization testing matches your app with an expert network of global testers to ensure your app passes the “locals” test.

5. Script writing, implementation, and maintenance

One of the most time-consuming parts of the test automation development process is developing the scripts and testing environment. Getting it right from the start is crucial since flaws in the writing, implementing, and maintaining scripts can degrade app quality and cause significant rework. It’s also expensive since you’re paying QE talent to manage the process. 

Kassidy Kelley serves as the Managing Editor for Testlio and works from her home base in Boston, MA.