Test Reporting – Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Test Reporting is an area that has been long overlooked in the world of software testing.

Historically, it was mostly a manual process or reliant on open-source tools or homegrown solutions.

Yesterday: Looking back, test reporting didn’t hold much value for the testing world. Organizations relied heavily on manual processes to cover tests, with testers completing only a limited number of test cases per day. Around 20% of the tests would fail, leading testers to spend significant time analyzing failures by going through multiple tools to understand errors and rerun tests several times to confirm their validity. Debugging failures could take three times longer than the test execution itself.

Today: Fast-forward to today, and the majority of organizations have embraced automation, with 72% or more of testing automated. Parallel execution capabilities using frameworks, cloud farms, Kubernetes, Cloud VMS, and local grids have also become commonplace. Testers are now responsible for covering triple digits of automation in a day with automation and parallel execution. However, the percentage of test failures has increased due to test flakiness, application complexity, site reliability, third-party application integration, and other factors. Automation has brought a surge in test failures, demanding more time for analysis.

Let’s look at the numbers:

Yesterday’s World: 1 Tester ran 20 tests a day. 20% failed – 4 tests to analyze in a day. Time taken to run a test – 10 mins Time taken to analyze a failure and report it – 30 mins Testers spent 200 mins ~ 4 hours in execution and 2 hours in analysis.

Today’s World: 1 Tester oversees 50 tests a day. 12 tests fail. Analysis and reporting time have increased due to application complexity and flakiness. 45 mins per failure. 12 * 45 mins = 540 mins ~ 10 hours with breaks. There needs to be more time to analyze all the failures.

In today’s world, it is critical to reduce the time spent in debugging.

DigyDashboard offers multiple ways to achieve this:

Universal Reporting: DigyDashboard brings all your test data, logs, screenshots, videos, and metadata from multiple tools into one single pane, providing a unified insight into test automation.

Persona-Based Approach: DigyDashboard caters to the needs of multiple stakeholders with personalized dashboards for different roles, ensuring everyone gets the information they require.

Real-Time Test Results: Stay updated with real-time test results, track progress, and receive instant notifications for timely decision-making.

Enterprise Dashboard: Scalable infrastructure, role-based access, and project management support complex hierarchies, ensuring a uniform platform for test automation across business lines.

Tomorrow: In the future, the challenges of test reporting will intensify as development adopts AI, leading to faster test automation and increased test coverage. This will result in higher numbers of failures and more time spent on failure analysis.

At Digy4, we are already working on adopting AI-based reporting to offer automated debugging and better prioritization recommendations. The core of AI lies in data, and as we build up our own QE Datapool, we can drive efficiency into your testing ecosystem.

The complexity of application ecosystems is giving rise to newer types of tests, such as site reliability tests. Enterprises are adopting multiple tools for automation. Having all of these under one roof in DigyDashboard enables you to move from silo-driven test reporting to a command center of reporting.

We are constantly expanding our partner-driven integration ecosystem with our tools to make DigyDashboard your one-stop shop for test reporting. Universal reporting is the need of the hour.

The number of tests in a test suite is increasing, and the duration to complete a test suite is also going up. With DigyDashboard’s real-time reporting, you can get to the root cause in minutes as each test completes, enabling faster feedback cycles.

In today’s business landscape, multiple teams within the organization collaborate to complete a user journey. DigyDashboard’s enterprise view allows you to manage entire products or product suites’ quality, bringing enterprise reporting under one roof.

The world is changing, and test reporting is more important than ever to achieve your digital transformation mission of frequent releases with higher quality. DigyDashboard helps you get there with its out-of-the-box implementation.