Importance of Test Automation in the Agile World​

Importance of Test Automation
in the Agile World

Test automation is becoming increasingly important in today’s fast-paced, agile development environments. Accelerated product release requires accelerated coding, which needs accelerated testing. Every time an application (or updates to the application) hits the market, it needs to be perfectly functional for each user. The ability to quickly and efficiently test code changes is crucial for maintaining the quality of a software product and ensuring that bugs are caught and fixed early in the development process. In this article, we’ll explore the importance of test automation in an agile world and how it can help your development team work more efficiently and effectively.

In traditional software development methods, testing is often done manually, which can be time-consuming and error-prone. Automation testing, on the other hand, allows for the automation of repetitive and time-consuming tasks, such as regression testing. This means that the team can focus on more important tasks, such as writing new code and fixing bugs.

One of the main benefits of test automation in an agile environment is its ability to provide fast feedback on code changes. In an agile development process, code changes are made frequently and rapidly, and manual testing can become a bottleneck in the development process. Automated tests can be run quickly and consistently, allowing for faster feedback on code changes and reducing the risk of introducing bugs into the codebase. This helps to ensure that the code is of high quality and ready for release to the end user.

Another important benefit of test automation is its ability to save time and resources. Automated tests can be run in parallel, which helps to speed up the testing process and allows developers to focus on other important tasks. This can be especially beneficial for large, complex codebases where manual testing would be impractical or impossible. Additionally, automated tests can be run on a schedule, allowing for regular testing without the need for manual intervention.

Test automation also helps to improve the overall efficiency of the development process. When tests are automated, developers can be confident that their code changes will not cause any problems in other parts of the codebase. This helps to reduce the risk of bugs and improves the overall reliability of the software product. Additionally, test automation helps to ensure that new features and functionality are implemented correctly, and work as expected.

In conclusion, test automation is an essential tool for maintaining the quality of a software product and ensuring that it meets the needs of the end user. It allows for faster and more efficient testing of code changes, saves time and resources, and improves the overall efficiency of the development process. If you’re not currently utilising test automation in your development process, it’s worth considering how it can help your team work more effectively and efficiently.

Vinitha Kumari B

Sugar-Free January

What’s a birthday without a cake?

What’s Christmas without candy canes

What’s Diwali without Gulab Jamun?

In our eyes, it would be an occasion that isn’t celebrated to its fullest! In short, some of our happiest and most important festivities in life are celebrated with sugar and sweets. It’s no secret that this tongue-tickling ingredient is everywhere from a basic bread loaf to a carton of milk!  

Whilst it’s common knowledge that excess consumption of sugar can lead to heart disease, obesity, high cholesterol and high blood pressure; it’s easy for us to say that in the corporate world for one to live with less sugar is a far-fetched goal.

However, here at Adactin, we have some role models who have taken up this NO SUGAR challenge, so why not get some guidance from the experts?

Our Chief Operations Officer (COO) Sapna Bhatia is not only one of the core founders and leaders here at Adactin but is also one of the members of Adactin Group’s health committee. Sapna was an early adopter of the NO SUGAR CHALLENGE and till today practices and continues a lifestyle with healthier habits in moderation.

Sapna says “Everyone has chocolate cravings and I’m no different but my tip is if you’re craving chocolate, opt for dark chocolate instead! If you’re used to sweet coffee then add cinnamon, I promise you these tricks will satisfy the cravings and also help you reduce your sugar intake”

Adactin Group’s General Manager – Samrat Biswal has also been on a sugar detox, he believes cutting sugar out of his diet makes you aware of what you’re eating and has given him more energy! Samrat took up this challenge and was only consuming natural sources of sugar via whole fruits!

Samrat believes “Fruit is really a miracle food. It’s not only delicious but full of nutrients. So yes, it’s possible to eat fruit and satisfy your cravings”

So yes, it is a human tendency to crave sugar after a tedious day of work however many things can be done to not only fight your cravings but also to prevent them.

Drinking water consistently throughout the day is an excellent method as dehydration can cause cravings. This can be achieved by having a water bottle at your desk or setting up an app to give you regular reminders to drink water. Getting at least 8 hours of sleep and eating a healthy and filling meal instead of starving yourself can also help prevent cravings. It’s easy to lose track of your meals and sleep especially while working or being sedentary during busy times. However, it’s extremely important to take care of your mind and body as a poor sleep schedule has been proven to impact your immune system.

Another approach could be to take a brisk walk outside during lunch or morning tea breaks which can help you clear your mind of any excess stress.

We believe that giving in to a craving will just feed the addiction. However, if you manage to remain diligent and resist, the cravings will get weaker over time and eventually disappear.

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Refocus your WFH routine

 

It’s time to mix it up and reflect on your WFH routine

The idea of rolling out of your bed, walking to your kitchen, making a cup of coffee and walking down the hallway and then being in your office can be incredibly attractive. Working from home has a lot of perks, but just like Uncle Ben said to Peter Parker (from Spiderman) “With great power comes great responsibility”, we must remain vigilant and disciplined, of course, occasional goofing around is advised.

For most of us, who are fortunate enough to be working from home, this is a new experience. This experience comes with unbelievable perks, such as being your own boss; except for our better half, little and not so little bundle(s) of joy. Plus with the social restrictions, there is certainly no place like home.

Put some clothes on

Yes, one of the perks of WFH is wearing anything and being comfortable in our own familiar space. However, the idea is not to dress to showcase your finest linen but rather the mindset it brings to the table. You will be surprised at the difference it makes to switch your beast work mode on.

Sit on your work throne

While it may be very tempting to work from your cosy bed or sofa,DON’T! In pursuit of creating a positive environment, it is crucial to have a designated workspace. Not only is it more ergonomic but also a great source of creating a productive environment for work. No wonder everyone at Westeros was after the coveted Iron throne.

Follow your schedule

We are all prone to distractions, wandering minds are not uncommon for all of us. Needless to say, this can get in the way of our responsibilities. Simply setting a schedule is as good as a piece of paper hanging on the wall, being our boss means we must be disciplined enough to follow through. Be sure to also set aside adequate time for breaks and recuperate lost energy, to avoid burnouts. Here are some tools to get you started Trello, Clickup, Monday, Sling.

 

Let’s get talking

WFH has many perks but it can get lonely at times. The office is not only a place for work but is also a major part of our social life. Classic office debates about shows, latest news or viral phenomenon are a welcome distraction to break up the working day where time allows. This helps elevate the much-needed pressure off from work, creates bonds and relationships. However, working from home has created a physical barrier to such interactions.

Virtual lunches, coffee break chats or team catch-ups are ways around this barrier. This can be separate from your regular team meetings, and can simply chat over a coffee and talk about what’s happening in your life as you would in the office. Ideally, avoid talking about potentially negative news subjects – keep it upbeat and social. And on Friday evenings you can have a team informal catch-up session to quickly discuss the week’s activities, share jokes, personal achievements and plans.

Balance it out

Turning on your internal switch may be a challenging task in itself but what can be equally challenging with WFH arrangements is switching off and going back to your personal life.

If you really enjoy your work, your mind like all good things tends to say “keep working”. You are right there you might as well get the work done, right? This unclear line between work and life can be a dangerous thing, It can result in burnouts and lead to neglecting your responsibilities as a family member. Plus with the social restrictions, it is important to be in a balanced mental and physical stage, and yes don’t be too hard on yourself and remember we are all in this together.


Add these aspects to your WFH routine, mix it up and take the next step in productivity and positivity!

10 Cyber Security Myths to Let Go of in 2023

10 Cyber Security Myths to Let Go of in 2023:

Cybersecurity is a hot topic these days, and for good reason. With the ever-increasing reliance on technology, businesses and individuals are at an increased risk of cyberattacks.

As there are new breaches, hacks, and attacks daily, inadequate cybersecurity preparedness could result in a catastrophic outcome.

So, how do you stay ahead of things?  First – by knowing what’s real and what’s misinformation. Unfortunately, there are a few common misunderstandings about cybersecurity that can lead to people taking unnecessary risks. Let’s clear these myths today.

How to increase the velocity of Sprint testing

In a fast-delivering agile world, there is a need for increasing the speed of the testing without compromising the quality. Sometimes, MVP (Most Viable Product) releases have a timeline of 45 days. In such a short span, requirements, wireframes, solution design, build, testing, SIT, UAT, security testing, and implementation should happen in time.

Also, as part of cost-cutting well established organisations are reducing testing costs by performing sprint testing in a “one layer above and one layer below” passion.  SIT and UAT are combined as IAT (Integrated Acceptance testing).  So, there is a lot of emphasis on sprint testing in an agile world for delivering a quality product.

When can we start sprint testing??

We can start sprint testing from the very early stage of the project life cycle i.e right from the program increment (PI) planning by considering dependencies/blockers and risks.

Inflight testing

Before the start of a sprint, we may be given a demo of requirements and solution design. We need to perform an impact assessment of new features to the existing code/systems/data and then plan inflight testing accordingly.

Static testing

Performing static testing on the requirements, solution, and wireframes can help to uncover bugs in the early stages of the life cycle.

Test preparation- “Three Amigo session”

Business, Developers, and testers use a different lens while digesting the requirements. If we allow all of them to work independently, they may blame each other for the understanding gaps at the end. “Three amigo session” is one solution for this. It is a meeting set up by a tester where a quick test preparation is done on the fly under the presence of BA, dev, and tester.

Automation

BDD framework like cucumber is the most suitable automation framework for sprint testing. If UI is unstable then we can go one level below and automate the API testing. Based on cost and time parameters, we can do progressive automation and integrate with DevOps pipelines.

Test Execution:

We can start testing whatever that’s readily available. Sometimes, back-end changes get delivered by other scrum teams in future sprints. We can still test UI/API code built by our scrum team by stubbing the back end.  Once, full integration is established we can do early integration testing by covering a few important features and handover the build for further testing like IAT. However, it takes a good coordination effort between testing teams to start IAT testing in parallel with sprint testing.

Sprint Demo:

To uncover UAT bugs upfront, a sprint demo can be given to the business at the end of every sprint.

I wanted to conclude by saying “Sprint tester needs to have craftmanship in every role while building a project.”