Continuous Testing and Test Automation: What is the Difference?

by Viktoria Byk | November 14, 2019 8:03 pm

If you have 100% knowledge of the nuances and diversity of the сontinuous testing and test automation, you can leave this page and read something else. Here we will not reinvent the wheel. This article contrasts these two techniques along with their main principles and differences. It also tells how and why combining these testing types is one of the greatest ways out there.

Basic principles of Continuous Testing

Continuous performance testing is one of the testing types to do software testing that presupposes early-stage testing: process, frequently and everywhere testing, with automation. In terms of continuous testing strategy, this applies to any steps that work for software delivery.

The main part during continuous testing is the transformation of the central question during work on a project:

When are we going to be done with testing?
into
Did the release team consider every business risk revealed during testing?

Benefits of test automation

Continuous testing includes the process of automated testing within a software delivery pipeline. Among the basic principles of сontinuous testing there are:

Main differences between Continuous Testing and Test Automation

QATestLab divided the major differences between Continuous Testing and Test Automation:

Continious testing vs automation

How to combine various testing practices

Every company got its own way of doing business. Nevertheless, there do exist tips and rules. Take the best that is in these processes and combine them. Because without Continuous Testing, the Test Automation system is weak in such points as:

  1. There are no real capabilities that implement tests quickly or often.
  2. The continuous change applies to more false positives and requires endless use of test services.
  3. There is no accurate and fast prediction if the project is a candidate for delivery.

And don’t forget about the basic principle of optimizing testing as a whole:

Conclusions

Combining practices is great. Especially it’s true for software development since applications can serve many different requirements. Quality control teams should listen to user requirements along with using both generals, and as a specific company approaches to make up the best practices for software testing for their projects.

However, to sum up, our advice in this article of our blog:

Continious testing and automation

Quality Assurance engineers had great achievements when they used traditional tools of automation. They have to try to use modern delivery methods and architectures with a little note:

  1. It’s better to take care of business risks when releasing an app than just put as many as you can autotests, which are not helpful with bugs on their own.
  2. QA team[2] doesn’t need to deploy and use any tests in a hurry.
  3. Permanent revision is useful in reducing wrong inquiries that could be the reason for the endless existence of test services.

QATestLab recommends searching together with keeping the trends of continuous testing and test automation on your screens if you want to optimize testing.

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Endnotes:
  1. software testing metrics: https://blog.qatestlab.com/2019/09/12/top-testing-metrics/
  2. QA team: https://blog.qatestlab.com/2019/05/07/building-qa-team/
  3. Test Automation: Cleaning Up Your Test Scripts: https://blog.qatestlab.com/2016/06/30/automated-test-scripts/
  4. Test Automation Framework: To Build Or To Buy?: https://blog.qatestlab.com/2020/10/12/test-automation-framework/
  5. Automated Testing – an Investment in the Future or a Hype Project: https://blog.qatestlab.com/2020/01/15/automated-testing-future/

Source URL: https://blog.qatestlab.com/2019/11/14/continuous-vs-automation/