devops–succeeding-with-continuous testing

DevOps – Succeeding with Continuous testing

What is DevOps?

DevOps culture embraces collaborative and collective culture, this is achieved by bringing together people, process and technology. Unlike traditional models, in DevOps entire team takes full responsibility for their services, often beyond where their stated roles or titles have traditionally been scoped by thinking customer experience at the core.

When successful practiced key practices including Continuous Integration, Continuous Deployment, Continuous Testing, Infrastructure as a code, Monitoring & logging, Communication & collaboration DevOps, it enables us to achieve the following benefits,

  • Accelerated development cycles
  • Reduced deployment failures and rollbacks
  • Improvised communication and collaboration
  • Increase efficiency
  • An everyone’s culture leading to job satisfaction

Is DevOps right for the organization?

If you’ve encountered one of the following situations then practicing DevOps culture could assist,

  • The release process is failing due to environment configuration issues
  • If you’ve multiple environments with varying configurations
  • If your release cycles are delayed on infrastructure specifications
  • If you are identifying bugs in production that could have been avoided
  • If your engineering and operation teams are distributed

What is the role of Continuous Testing in DevOps?

Continuous testing is a practice to reduce the overall feedback time to developers on code quality. It is defined as the process of executing automated tests as part of the software delivery pipeline to obtain immediate feedback on the business risks associated with a software release (CA Technologies).

DevOps teams recognize that accelerating and improving a code release process is achieved through continuous testing which requires a set of disciplines to ensure that quality keeps pace (Wikipedia). While it’s tempting to consider Test automation being the first place to start, often the enthusiasm drops when we realize the test data, interface and environment dependencies that have to be made available for tests to be successfully executed. To successfully setup continuous testing we recommend following,

  • Automate test data creation process that feeds into tests as input
  • Automation at API and service layer as much as possible as well as UI layer
  • Remove environmental constraints by virtualizing any and all interfaces that are external
  • Eliminate manual interventions in pipeline orchestration
  • Consider non-functional testing such as Performance and Security testing to be part of pipeline as well
  • Have a mechanism to publish all the test results in a dashboard that is visible to wider teams
  • Choose the right set of metrics to measure productivity and quality aspects

At ZenQ, we’ve assisted many of our clients in orchestration pipelines, reducing feedback times by implementing continuous testing practices. To learn more, To learn more, please visit us at DevOps Testing Services or write to us at sales@zenq.com