Continuous integration and Continuous Delivery (CI\CD) – are trending practices to speed up the product release. The key aim of CI\CD is to enable Agile teams as frequently as possible to deliver working software apps to end-users. Many organizations are embracing CI\CD as a way to keep up with their competitors.
Test management tool testomat.io supports a powerful CI\CD pipeline. Its seamless CI\CD integrations with popular CI\CD tools introduce ongoing continuous test execution, real-time test monitoring and notifications within all testing phases of STLC (Software Testing Life Cycle).
CI\CD integration set, such as:
All of these integrations are out-of-the-box. QA engineers take just a couple of adjustments and a short time to set up the CI\CD pipeline with our test management solution.
Continuous Integration vs Continuous Delivery
Let’s have a look at the entire place of testing in the CI\CD pipeline and the importance of test management in product development.
At first, goes (CI). When multiple developers are working on the same application and contributing at once. Each one has its own feature or bug fix on the application. As they had written their code they push and merge their code into the same code repository, which keeps the different versions. This process we call Continuous Integration.
After then testing comes in. Once the tests are passed, the next step is an official release of the new app’s version. This means making it available to the end-users in some shape or form.
The next step is to take this app’s code and automatically deploy it in a target environment. Typically, from the repository, a build system Jenkins takes it and builds it. Mostly this process is called Continuous Delivery, though some also talk about Continuous Deployment.
What is continuous testing?
Testing is a process that can and should be automated within the CI\CD pipeline. And when this is done, this one is called Continuous testing Delivery.
So, test automation is an essential piece of the CI\CD puzzle. Test automation ensures that bugs get found and are fixed early.
Here, agile teams choose test management to simplify maintaining their testing framework, receive break notifications and catch issues in time.
Types of tests that can be automated:
- Unit tests
- Regression tests
- Functional tests
- Integration tests
- Performance tests
And of course, continuous testing is about three things:
- testing at earlier stages of the release pipeline
- testing more often before release
- testing everywhere, that is, across environments and devices
Integrating Test Case Management and the CI/CD Pipeline
Testomatio’s integrations will allow you to seamlessly integrate it into your development process and will enable you start building a continuous development pipeline – lowering your costs, reducing risks, and ensuring happier customers with higher quality products.
After then, you launch your favourite tool to the test management system, you can run a build CI by your favourite tool immediately from the test management system. You are able to run tests in parallel and automatically provision your test results and notifications. Also, you can easily share assets between your developers and testers
By performing a build for every change in version control, CI can track the exact change that breaks the build or causes a test to fail. This means tracing a failure back to the lines of code that created the error and break functionality.
Some companies have a more complex CI/CD pipeline, that runs all the tests for every change, then merges those changes onto a tip or primary branch for release candidates. You might configure the pipeline to only create a test run for these “release candidate” builds. Likewise, it might make sense to create a test run and not close it, as the people doing other elements of testing will need to update their human test cases.
CI/CD introduces ongoing automation and continuous monitoring throughout the lifecycle of apps, from integration and testing phases to delivery and deployment.
Why Integrate Test Management and CI/CD?
Test case management systems like Testomatio can provide a single source of truth for all project participants. Test management system tracks the exact change that breaks the build or causes a test to fail. This means tracing a failure back to the lines of code that created the error, the person who made the change, the time, and likely the feature, story, or piece of business functionality that change was designed to enable.
- Faster Release Cycles Faster – speeding up the build and deploy cycle will allow your team to get new features into production quicker, it follows that end-users will be much more satisfied.
- Reduced Risk – with test management, you can track resolving of found deficiencies so that any bugs aren’t lost.
- Lower Costs – fixing issues at the early stages is easier in saving its context and also a lot less costly.
- Stronger collaboration – CI enables stronger collaboration between the whole Agile team Devs, BA and QA engineers meaning bugs are found and fixed faster earlier in the development process.
- Higher Quality Products – smaller updates to your software ensure your application is bug-free and works across a wider range of environments.
- Better Business Advantage – (CI\CD) practices with test management give flexibility during the release process to meet rapidly changing demands.
As the point of CI/CD is to deliver quality at speed in an agile matter, the test automation tool should be easy to work with so that it doesn’t take up an unnecessary amount of time from the tester.
Similarly, if the automation tool doesn’t allow for easy hand-overs and collaboration by providing an easily understandable overview of test cases.
Well, let’s look briefly at related test automation features:
- Automatic steps collocation during sync – seamless integration provides that automated tests are always up to date from each new import
- Real-time reporting
- Run groups
- Run History
- Parallel execution support – make cross-browser testing or mobile testing in sequence or in parallel execution on multiple environments
- Unlimited test result history – plan, run and track test execution, without limiting how these runs are organized within releases.
- Rerun failed tests – execute only failed automated tests in CI\CD with a click on a button
- Flaky test management – provided automatically flaky tests detection on Analytics Dashboard. With a flexible “flakiness” configuration you can decide which tests should be flaky yourself
- … and many more 👉 follow through the link to check all test management automation features
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