Why Agile Teams Need Automated Software Testing

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 03-01-2017 Email
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    Why Agile Teams Need Automated Software Testing

    Many IT teams don't have enough time to run software tests and often lack testing resources. They also don't have staff qualified to oversee test automation.
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    67% of the global IT professionals at midsize and large companies, as well as 75% of those at small businesses, said that at least half of their IT projects are agile.
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    35% of the respondents said a lack of automation testing is the biggest obstacle to the adoption of agile technology, and 26% cited changing requirements as a top obstacle.
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    22% said a lack of adequate time to run tests presents a major obstacle to the adoption of agile technology, and 12% cited the absence of qualified testing resources.
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    45% of the global IT pros surveyed said their company lacks personnel with skills in test automation.
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    19% said the products they need to test are not compatible with automated testing, and 13% said they struggle to determine what testing to automate and what to leave as manual processes.
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    75% of the IT pros surveyed said they use multiple automation tools for testing, up significantly from 58% in 2015.
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    31% said that at least half of their projects involve mobile or mobile-enabled testing, up from 20% in 2015.
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    23% of the IT pros surveyed said that at least half of their projects involve IoT-related testing, down from 29% in 2015.
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    19% said they need to involve quality assurance team members in agile processes before they begin to design and code.
 

While organizations view automated software testing as a key component of agile tech deployment, many aren't capable of implementing this capability, according to a recent survey from Zephyr. The resulting report, "How the World Tests 2016," indicates that a notable share of IT teams struggle with a lack of adequate time to run software tests, as well as an absence of required testing resources. They also don't have people on staff who are qualified to oversee test automation, and, in many cases, the software products involved aren't even compatible with automated testing. Looking ahead to the rest of 2017 and beyond, tech departments will have to overcome these obstacles in order to keep up with growing demands for mobility, the internet of things (IoT) and other innovations. "Testing teams in a breadth of industries face the same issues in deploying tools and providing internal training fast enough to meet the needs of continuous software deployment," said Scott Johnson, CEO of Zephyr. "Investments in these two areas in 2017 will enable critical automated testing to perfect the agile workflow and deploy software faster to meet consumer demand for updates in innovative technology." An estimated 1,000 global IT professionals took part in the research.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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