The implementation of CI/CD has changed how software developers and software testers ship software. It was not long before when Agile came into the world of software development. Back then people were a little bit sceptical about the new player that has entered the new world of software and development. Traditionally, the software testing team will receive a build after the project completion for testing process to begin.
But now, quite some time has passed and now Agile is one of the most important tools that can be used for the development of products and management of projects.
In its original course, Agile was basically a tool that was particularly useful in the operations space and IT departments as it helped in breaking down different large projects into smaller bits.
Due to this methodology, there were many benefits that came into the light. Shorter times of production, reduced amount of risks for different projects, and high-quality in the products are some of the benefits that came to existence all because of Agile.
To be honest, Agile was the foundation on which DevOps created a while world of itself. Most people who are in the software world think that DevOps and Agile are not the same. They are not wrong but they are not right as well.
When it comes to the definition, DevOps can be defined as a particular process of development that wants to combine the development, testing, and deployment of any product under the same roof. Such a streamlined approach allows a faster and easier delivery of the services and products.
To think that DevOps and Agile have no relation at all would be a mistake. While these two terms are not similar, they are basically a continuation of one another.
Continuous Development – Continuous Integration – Continuous Delivery
We all know that Agile methods and practices are all focused mainly on making the team work in a more efficient and smarter way. So, this process slowly led to the development of a particular framework that worked for continuous development. After that, companies and organizations began to automate and streamline several significant parts of different projects and production processes.
Continuous Integration (CI) is the process where the work of individual developers are saved in to a common repository. The purpose of CI is to identify bugs at the earlier stage. Continuous Delivery (CD) is basically the extension of CI. The aim of CD is to ensure the new changes made are updated in an efficient and sustainable way. This paved way for Continuous testing. In fact, continuous testing is the most important factor for DevOps initiatives to produce expected outcomes. Continuous testing is often performed as a set of automated tests that are executed in the CI/CD pipeline.
Effects of DevOps and Agile on Automation
DevOps and Agile are basically a continuation of each other and hence these two practices have fuelled the use of test automation. It is a fact that the ability to simplify and streamline the complicated projects that Agile has is certainly beneficial.
Not to mention that it is helped the companies in increasing efficiency and reducing the chances of human error. Apart from that, the practicality, efficiency, and integration that is increased all due to the efforts of DevOps have technically allowed test automation to play a very important role in the different business projects. Have a look at how influenced test automation is due to the introduction of Agile and DevOps.
Shortening The Production Times
One of the most important elements that function in test automation is the ability to decrease production times. Also, it allows certain functions to be carried out in an effective manner without any downtime.
Agile basically helps in breaking down the different functions of the software that are automated and turns these complex functions into components that can be easily programmed.
Along with that, DevOps provides the operational work team with an ability to monitor all the automated process. As a result of that, they are able to easily identify how effective these processes are for the production. So, the end of the story is that the production times are reduced and the quality of the product is increased.
Increasing The Satisfaction Of The Customers
It might be surprising but DevOps and Agile are influencing automation to improve the satisfaction of the customers as well. It is really important for any business to evolve according to the needs and requirements of the customer and experience success.
Directly along with this particular objective, automation helps the adoption process by making it a lot easier for the different businesses and companies to offer customized, standardized and most important, attractively priced services and products to the customers.
Large Scale Production Of Products
It is true that DevOps and Agile work to scale the development and the delivery of the services and products. Surely you know that test automation is a part of scalability. With the help of test automation a more relevant, measurable, and comprehensive process of development, products and services can be created on a much larger scale.
So, ultimately it will improve the productivity of the business by meeting the expectations of the customers and increasing the demand.
So, these are some of the effects that Agile and DevOps have had on the automation. It is clear to see that these to developmental tools have created a whole new world of opportunities for business to leverage many benefits.
Pradeep is a Content Writer and Digital Marketing Specialist at Indium Software with a demonstrated history of working in the information technology and services industry.