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Report: Check automation protection has rebounded after a dip final yr

Check automation protection has rebounded after a dip final yr, in keeping with SmartBear’s State of High quality Testing 2022 report. 

SmartBear carried out a world on-line survey over the course of 5 weeks earlier this yr. The findings are primarily based upon aggregated responses from greater than 1,500 software program builders, testers, IT/operations professionals, and enterprise leaders throughout many various industries.

Final yr noticed the quantity of corporations performing handbook assessments at 11%, whereas that quantity dwindled to 7% this yr, virtually returning to pre-pandemic ranges of 5% of all assessments being carried out utterly manually. 

This yr additionally noticed barely greater numbers than ever earlier than for respondents that mentioned 50-99%  of their assessments are automated throughout the board. The largest bounce occurred within the 76-99% group which jumped over 10% to 16% over the past yr. The quantity of respondents that mentioned their assessments are all automated regained some floor to the pre-pandemic stage of 4%.

When trying on the several types of assessments and the way they’re carried out, over half of respondents reported utilizing handbook testing for usability and person acceptance assessments. Unit assessments, efficiency assessments, and BDD framework assessments had been highest amongst all automated testing. 

One other discovering is that the time spent testing elevated for conventional testers however decreased for builders. Nevertheless, the common share of time spent testing remained the identical as final yr, at 63% throughout the group.

QA engineers/automation engineers spend probably the most time testing, averaging 76% of their weeks on testing up from 72% final yr. Whereas the pattern for developer testing inched up between 2018 to 2021, reaching 47%, it sank to 40% this yr. Testing executed by architects plummeted from 49% to 30% over the past yr. 

This yr, probably the most time-consuming exercise was performing handbook and exploratory assessments, leaping to 26% from 18% final yr as probably the most time-consuming job. In the identical time interval, studying learn how to use check instruments as probably the most time-consuming problem with testing fell from 22% to simply 8%. 

The largest challenges that organizations reported for check automation diverse by firm measurement.  Firms with 1-25 workers cite “not having the right instruments” as their greatest problem, whereas corporations with 501-1,000 workers cite “not having the precise testing environments obtainable” as their greatest problem. These are completely different from the largest downside that was cited final yr “not sufficient time to check” at 37%.

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