DevOps: How to Integrate Manual Testing Into Your Automation Processes

Testing is an important part of every process, specially DevOps. Every movement and step forward should be properly tested. Test everything!

Cloud Testing — meaning&necessity

Cloud Testing means available hardware, software, etc testing. In such a case it can be also determined “as a service”. For cloud solutions, it’s very important to ensure that the service/product works well according to both functional and non-functional requirements. The strategy of Cloud Testing is essential in the terms of big choice of the cloud apps.

Manual vs Automation tests in DevOps is always excellent ground for heated discussions in this sphere. Currently we are living in a wonderful time of technology development. But I would say, a human role in any automation process still stays essential.

Our wish to automate everything in any possible process is absolutely reasonable. Repeated tasks can be fulfilled by a machine and in such a way release time for more important tasks. This results in faster processes and production.

At the same time, in spite of all automation process advantages, we should understand that there always will be an important role of manual testing. And unfortunately or fortunately, we still need manual testing to reveal more complex and sudden bugs.

What is manual testing?

This an approach implemented by the specialists aimed at approving the operation by writing special test cases. This approach usually requires time and appropriate skills and, sometimes, patience. Sometimes it happens that too high trust in automation can result in missing some vital pitfalls. Let’s see where the manual testing can be specially beneficial and effective for DevOps:

  • Small or short-term projects — usually automation process development can require a huge slot of time and it is efficient only in long-term projects. Otherwise, a manual approach will be more beneficial from the time-consuming side.

Manual Testing Types

Below I just want to share a list and brief description of the most popular ones:

  1. Ad-hoc testing is relatively informal and random that means no exact plan and no step-by-step guide.

But what about cloud testing?

Cloud testing: Scenarios&cases

Performance Testing

  1. The sole malfunction caused by one user on the cloud shouldn’t influence the performance of other users

Security Testing

  1. Data access is only for a verified customer

Functional testing

  1. Current entry should provide the necessary results

Load and Stress Testing

  1. Services examine in the moment of multiple users access

Network Testing

  1. Test protocol accountable for cloud connection

Interoperability & Compatibility Testing

  1. Examine the app compatibility requirements under test system

Now a few words about Popular and the most Useful Types of Cloud Testing

  • Stress Test is used to specify effectiveness of an app operating beyond breakdown point. Such testing is quite important for any app to operate regardless excessive stress and stay stable. It can be made by creating maximum loads with the help of simulators. You should be aware of the huge expenses related to the creation of such scripts. Fortunately, there are a lot of reasonable and scalable testing options in the cloud.

What are the benefits of the cloud testing?

One of its main benefits is saving resources and development cycles. Just recently I read an article about cloud testing that included an interesting example about this advantage based on comparison with real life situation. Imagine you have a choice whether to go to a restaurant for a meal or to have it at home. Restaurant will take care of everything — you just need to come, order and receive your meal. Home cooking means you are responsible for buying ingredients, cooking, serving etc. So the cloud testing is like a visit to a restaurant. What do you prefer?

Moreover, there are plenty of other great cloud testing advantages, among which are:

  • Dynamic testing environment means that users can easily replicate a customer environment and find defects at early levels.

SauceLabs, Browserstack, AWS Device Cloud and Firebase Test Lab cloud services offer testing with respect to multi-nature, browsers, mobile with no need to keep any hardware.

Cloud testing instruments enable to pick up speed test environments by adding various configurations and data.

Just to summarize, both manual and automotive approaches have its advantages&diadvantages in the process of testing. I’m sure, creativity is an important component of each process, DevOps is no exception. Thus manual approach will still have a right to take its place in the testing process. The secret of success here is to find the right balance, where automation is better and where manual approach will be more beneficial and effective.

I also advise you to read our article telling more about DevOps Pipeline.

In any case, if you still have questions or need assistance, our team is always ready to help, so just contact us.

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