100% automation is not normally achievable, and whatever level you hope to achieve, you still have to get there from a manual start. TestDrive-Assist straddles the boundary between manual and automated testing. Whether you are looking to speed up your manual testing processes or start on the road to automation TestDrive-Assist plays a key role in streamlining your processes.
Manual testing still represents a significant share of testing effort and can often be a bottleneck. Throwing more resources at the problem isn’t sustainable. It is also slow and repetitive and almost impossible to use as an approach for full regression testing.
But does it have to be that way?
TestDrive-Assist tackles the key challenges of test documentation and defect reproduction. It can also simultaneously execute Quality Checks such as spelling, performance and hyperlink checking. It can even monitor what database activity has occurred during the course of each test.
Having documented your manual tests with TestDrive-Assist automated testing is only a short stop away.
Saved results can be immediately converted into an automated test asset, and the capture can be used to understand the business context when building your regression tests. Take a look at our How to Guide on Building a Regression Test Pack to see how simple it can be.
The test can be driven from a test script and steps supplied by a Quality Management solution such as Qualify. In this case the user is prompted with the test steps and they can pass or fail each as they are performed. If there is no detailed script, TestDrive-Assist is immensely valuable as it captures exactly what happened.
Every action, click, input that the user performs is captured with reference to the screen they are on, and the controls or objects on that screen. The user just operates as normal with new screens or pages automatically identified. Each is immediately and fully documented without any additional action by the user. You will never have to go back and reproduce a problem, it is already fully captured.
Of course, creating tests manually is a necessity in software development, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to reuse the test later. TestDrive Assist saves you time and effort by automatically saving tests and gives you the flexibility to modify the test for future use.
Choose from an array of Quality Checks that TestDrive-Assist should automatically perform while you concentrate on executing the business process. Spelling, performance, hardware impact,and link checking are all included. Exact performance data is captured providing accurate measurement of the user experience.
Users can click on any captured screen, not just the current one and highlight an area adding a comment. This might be to identify a problem, request a change or provide guidance notes for training materials.
If you spot something wring, either while you are testing or while you are reviewing any test results, you can simply add a mark-up to any screen, add some description and allocate any of for levels of error.
All information including screen shots, content analysis, test steps, errors, mark-ups and performance data from a test execution is stored as part of a Test Result. This information can then be analysed in numerous ways within the Result Viewer.
Defects and non-conformances can be created while a test is in progress, optionally linked to a test step and with full reproduction steps automatically passed to the developer.