Why is test maintenance challenging?
Too many false positives
Analysis of flaky tests block the number of automated tests a team can manage.There's nothing more frustrating than a test suite that throws constant false positives — or tests that fail when they should pass. Flaky tests that generate false positives are a waste of time and frustrating for stakeholders, developers and testers and could make everyone second-guess the process.
Developers and testers have a hard time getting along on the maintenance actions to test. Moreover, most tool providers generate binary files that are "shareable" with versioning systems but don't allow any smart collaborative approach. This has to change.
Time & cost management
Manual validation is made by developers or project managers and takes too much time compared to development activities. On the other hand, regular changes of UI makes it hard to maintain automated tests. Time spent becomes hard to justify to stakeholders when it comes to creating and running tests, as well as the high cost of test-related services and infrastructure.
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Test maintenance FAQ
What is test maintenance?
Test maintenance is an integral aspect of test automation. Test maintenance is the process of fixing tests so they stay up to date with code changes. It is also important to update your automation framework infrastructure if there are any changes to the tools or third-party libraries that you use. Staying aware of these changes, especially in agile mode, is a big part of test maintenance, particularly when you handle regression testing. Moreover, to meet the demands of each sprint, many companies run their automated tests through continuous integration and continuous delivery. It’s important to include testing after each commit as part of your CI/CD pipeline to help your team identify and resolve issues more quickly.
Why is test maintenance important?
Test maintenance is important because tests can become outdated or no longer accurately retrieve the expected results. Keeping tests up-to-date ensures that they are reliable and valid measures of the intended content.
What are some examples of test maintenance activities?
Some examples of test maintenance activities include:
- Reviewing and updating test questions to ensure they are still relevant and accurate
- Adding or removing test questions based on changes in the content area being measured
- Adjusting the difficulty level of the test based on changes in the content area or the test-taking population
- Reviewing and updating the test scoring rubric
- Evaluating the reliability and validity of the test to ensure it is still a reliable measure of the intended skills or knowledge.
What are some best practices for test maintenance?
Some best practices for test maintenance include:
- Regularly reviewing and updating the test to ensure it remains relevant and accurate
- Involving subject matter experts in the test maintenance process
- Ensuring the test scoring rubric is clear and consistent
- Evaluating the reliability and validity of the test regularly to ensure it is a reliable measure of the intended skills or knowledge
- Keeping detailed documentation of all test maintenance activities.