Implementing DevOps and Better Quality Releases with Continuous Testing
DevOps is the hot cake in every sector and organizations are rethinking their tools, processes and culture in tune with DevOps. But DevOps is just as much about quality as it is about speed. While companies have adopted automation well and show figures like 75% automated regression tests, there is one catch. They are still unable to catch defects early enough. For companies that practice Agile and DevOps, testing has now become a part of the dev team’s role. But since testing has many dependencies like SIT, realistic data for UAT and interface responses, testing is not completed as part of the sprint cycle in time. Even with the best of intentions, this delays releases and compromises the quality. Continuous Testing goes beyond test automation and truly extends CI/CD. In a culture with CT, testing becomes everyone’s responsibility in the SDLC, right from the time user stories are created to the eventual release. Some strategies include building tests for requirements, optimizing with automation, service virtualization, using the cloud and creating production copies of environment.