Agile development demands agile testing
The word “agile” encompasses a wide range of software development methodologies. But the one thing they all have in common is the ability to respond quickly to changing requirements. As a result, agile software development needs agile testing. That is the ability for your testing to respond rapidly to changes in software functionality. At its heart, agile testing requires a way to develop new tests rapidly and to be able to maximize test automation coverage. This allows you to find new defects and bugs quickly, speeding up your delivery cycle. Here at Functionize, we have developed a truly agile testing platform.
with an intelligent test agent
Functionize’s intelligent test agent is an enabler for true agile testing. It combines multiple forms of AI to give you the perfect regression tester: focused, tireless, and efficient. It uses two key technologies: Adaptive Language Processing (ALP™) and Adaptive Event Analysis (ALP™). Together, these make it possible for even an unskilled person to create 50 new tests in as little as 3 days. These tests will self-heal when your UI changes, work across any browser and platform and produce results that anyone can interpret.
Plain English is the new language of testing
One of the core tenets of our Manifesto is that plain English should be the new language of testing. With ALP™, we have made this a reality. ALP™ uses natural language processing to convert test plans written in plain English into functional tests. These test plans can be written in structured text (like the plans produced by test management systems) or in unstructured text. The upshot is, creating a new test takes just minutes – truly agile testing!
Tests should never break
Another plank of our Manifesto is that tests should never break. With AEA™ we are very close to this. AEA™ constructs a detailed ML model of your website, which allows it to learn how it is working. It uses a complex combination of factors to identify every element on the page. As a result, tests Self-heal when you make changes that don’t affect underlying functionality (e.g. CSS changes, layout changes, button naming, etc.). Even when functionality changes, and triggers a hard-to-track failure, AEA™ can cope using its Root Cause Analysis capability. This acts as an intelligent manual tester to locate the most likely cause of the failure. It then tests possible solutions and presents you with the best one. Less time spent maintaining tests means more time spent running tests, thus making the process more agile.
Testing must be cloud first
One of the most powerful features is the Functionize Test Cloud. This allows you to run thousands of tests in parallel, testing every combination of browser and platform at the same time. Furthermore, because every test runs in its own virtual server, this gives much more realistic results when interacting with your backend. The upshot is, you can now run your entire test suite in a day, essential if you are agile and need to release quickly.
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The Functionize platform is powered by our Adaptive Event Analysis™ technology which incorporates self-learning algorithms and machine learning in a cloud-based solution.