Started a startup of your own? Congratulations. Hope you attract all the success you can. However, there would be a few aspects you’d have to keep in mind. You need proper budgeting in mind to manage your finances carefully. Even if it includes building an IT product, you’d need to look into how you plan on creating it and in what ways you can work through a limited budget.
While you are in the process of creating your software product, you’d need a well-planned QA process to ensure that the product is free of defects and bugs. Automation testing can be a big help!
Not only does it cut down your testing cost that otherwise can go beyond your budget, but it also helps in speeding up the process and achieving maximum quality at the same time.
Let’s look into the business perspective of having automation testing.
How automation testing speeds up startup development
No denying that startups are all about speeding up their development process. The quickly a team gathers public acclaim and customer satisfaction, the easier it will be for them to attract success and revenue.
Let’s take an example of your startup creating a software product of their own. Now in case, there is a specific feature that you wish to deploy, it’s obvious you’d expect it to work faultlessly. But, do you know of any quickest or even the inexpensive way to do that?
Automation tests should be well-planned, thought through, and carefully designed before the actual development process starts. This way, the tests clearly outline the way your product code should be written. Not only is this an effective programming prototype, but it is also an efficient way to ensure uncompromised quality and save time on creating new tests after every sprint is run, or simply after a new feature is added.
While startups often start with a limited budget, so the wisely you spend the money, the more time you will get to make a 100% accurate and flawless product for your market.
By now you must be convinced that automation tests are an expedient way to save your time on debugging your product and maintaining its quality as expected.
How automated tests save time if writing and executing them also needs time
Even though you’ll be spending more resources on testing at the beginning of the project, the more features you implement, the greater the chances are that less time is spent on testing the whole product in comparison to classic testing methods, thanks to regression testing.
Regression testing helps identify flaws and bugs in already developed parts of the product after it launches or releases another update (enhancement or patch). The bugs or defects identified at this stage are called regressions. Also, if the corresponding testing is performed automatically, it allows saving a huge load of time that otherwise will grow with every new function added and even for new update deployed.
Studies prove that automatic testing starts to settle in within 4-6 weeks after the project kicks off. So it’s a tactical investment that can’t be undervalued.
Moreover, after the product is released, it will be tougher to add any new functionality and keep the overall quality of the product high without automated tests, plus it will involve resources to get the product fixed and debugged.
Automation testing not only helps to find code changes due to small edits but also it is the only way to check the product’s performance under varying circumstances and also ensure its security. We’re talking here about data authentication, user verification and authorization, data cryptography, parameters management, SQL injections, cross scripting, DDoS attacks, and other possible security threats. So take automation testing…seriously!
Another important thing to notice is that automated tests also signify the most well-organized way to recognize how exactly the created product matches the initial vision. This is called product acceptance criteria, which, when written properly, can be easily converted into automated tests.
So the quicker you accept and adopt automated tests in your SDLC, the easier it will become to produce an absolutely flawless, high-quality product and continue to maintain it.