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6 Tips for Automation Testers

Automation testing is a branch of software testing that compares actual results with the expected outcome. It gives more speedy and accurate results than manual testing and is ideal to use for repetitive tests. Not all test automation projects deliver success. 

An automation testing engineer is a key player on whom the game of success depends on as they design and test automation solutions. We list 6 tips for automation testers to be market-ready:

Take an early start

The earlier testers start honing their skills, the better it is for building marketable skills. Many open-source tools are available that automation testers can install and experiment with. Automation testers should not wait for projects to come their way to get started. Interning with a test automation company is an opportunity automation testing engineers should explore while in the early stages of developing their expertise. Participation in online forums can help testers network with a community of professionals.

Know basic and advanced technical skills

Start by knowing the basic concepts. Testers should be acquainted with coding concepts like data types, handling of variables, different operators, loop statements and so on. This knowledge can then be extended to learn about any computing language. Gradually, an aspiring automation tester should master skills of test architecture, test design, performance testing, configuration management, manual testing agility, communication, troubleshooting, agile, DevOps and continuous delivery.   

Do not fear challenges

Fear is the biggest barrier to success. Once a tester develops a mindset of courage, no project will scare him. Testers should receive feedback from supervisors and colleagues in a positive way. They should not feel intimidated by the critique, rather use it to enhance their capabilities. Keep in mind, all testers probably feel the same way, and it is only natural to comprehend all technical nuances in time.

Keep a strategic approach 

Once you have gained grasp over automation testing tools and methodology of automation testing life cycle, you are ready to launch the next step, that of creating a test automation strategy for your client. Having a strategy gives you an overview of the project requirements and possible difficulties. It can work as a map for your project journey. As an automation tester, you will assess costs and ROI while drafting your strategy and justify it with your testing methods. 

Stay Updated

Testers should stay abreast of modern software testing tools as well as new technologies and trends of the market. They should research regularly on the test automation industry to learn about innovative techniques that are launched. Reading on tips and tricks for better automation testing can help automation engineers learn outside their work environment. The more initiative a tester takes towards independent learning, the more it is likely to benefit their growth curve. 

Practice is key

Testers will rust their skills if they don't use them regularly. Taking long breaks from the field will impact your knowledge. A tester who is not in touch with his craft will give a poor image to industry professionals willing to employ your services. Constant engagement with automation testing procedures will reduce your errors in testing. As the old proverb puts it: practice makes perfect. 


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