When to automate a test

  • Automate unit test cases. Then move on to acceptance, integration & component level tests. Go for automated GUI testing only after creating an exhaustive test suite for the first two.
  • You should think of the most critical & complex flows that can be automated.
  • Automate regression cases at UI & API level.
  • Automate high-risk tests that check high priority & critical functions.
  • Automate data-driven testing. In this an automated test is parameterized and fed with data from a data source.
  • When thinking of automating tests, take in account the cost of developing & maintaining automated test scripts.

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