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How customers can optimise test automation from home

Testing experts at BrowserStack have come to the rescue of dev teams with some top tips on how to keep up with software production while working from home.

With organisations instructed once more to work remotely where possible, business managers may be racking their brains for ways to maintain the rate of application development.

However, BrowserStack’s Payal Dinodia has outlined 13 top tips on optimising test automation in the cloud, from home.

“Under global lockdowns, as software teams across the world try to maintain productivity and ship quality releases at speed, how you test matters more than ever. So in this checklist, we are sharing thirteen optimisations to make automated functional testing on the cloud faster, less-flaky, and overall more efficient,” she writes.

Number-one, outline an acceptable test execution time for each different automated test suite. If testing can be distributed throughout the production pipeline, for example by splitting up a test suite, teams can release daily, with confidence, she says.

There’s an explanation, here, of how Carousell did this with BrowserStack.

Additionally, teams can prevent testing bottlenecks near release days by isolating functional bugs early in the lifecycle. “Aim to run functional tests after every commit. If not, run them on every pull request,” Dinodia says.

Dinodia points to the Agile testing and release process used by weather.com as an example – watch the YouTube video (59min).

“Use a master-slave configuration in CI such that the master machine can handle dispatching and monitoring jobs, and reporting the results — all without overloading or slowing down,” she explains.

Read the full article for more tips, including on built-in debugging tools and browser, screen size and responsive design choices, and links to specific practices and toolkits.

BrowserStack is holding a webinar on 13 October 2020 (1900-2030 IST) discussing pathways to growth for SaaS organisations. In the session, BrowserStack co-founders Ritesh Arora and Nakul Aggarwal will outline how BrowserStack itself achieved this goal – register here to join them.

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