AI in software testingThere is no doubt that AI is Transforming Software Testing.   Over the years you can see how software testing has transformed from manual testing into automated testing.   It now has reached another milestone and is further transforming with the advent of AI.  There are many tools today which have started incorporating AI in order to provide a high level of quality.   As a software quality engineer, it is important to understand those changes and be able to evolve with the technology.   If you haven’t done that yet, don’t worry since the technology is currently in a fairly infant state.

Here are several ways that AI is Transforming Software Testing

  • AI will transform manual testing.   Manual testing is very time consuming and expensive.   AI will enable the creation of manual tests and be able to accelerate the testing timeline by running those scripts automatically.
  • AI will enable testing teams to cover more scenarios and cases.   This will identify more defects due to the increased amount of coverage across the application.
  • AI will eliminate the need for assumptions.   Software testers make a lot of assumptions when they are building and executing test cases.
  • AI will help in using predictive analytics to predict customer needs.   By identifying those needs this will result in a much better customer experience and customer satisfaction will greatly increase.
  • AI enables visual validation.   This validation will identify more defects that traditional software testing methods.
  • AI will help find software bugs much faster and find more of them.
  • There are several tools that incorporate AI/Machine Learning to speed up the development and maintenance of automated tests.   One of those companies is Testim.   Maintaining automated test cases can be very expensive and time consuming.   Reducing the amount of maintenance will allow test automation engineers to focus on new automated tests and that will add a higher degree of quality to your applications.
  • There are some AI tools that will complement existing tools that are on the market today.  One of those tools is Test.ai.  Test.ai leverages a simple Cucumber like syntax, so it greatly simplifies the development of automated scripts.
  • Some tools do all the testing for you.  I know that is hard to believe and I admit I am also a bit skeptical.  ReTest helps to eliminate the need to be able to have programming skills.   It leverages AI to fully test applications.

AI will create opportunities for software testers to move into new roles.   Some of those roles will include:

AI QA Strategy:   This role will use the knowledge gained within AI to understand how this technology can be applied to software testing.

AI Test Engineer:   This role will combine software testing expertise along with experience in AI to develop and execute testing activities.

AI Test Data Engineer:   this role will combine software testing expertise along with AI in order to understand data and leverage predictive analytics to verify information.

I strongly believe that software testing will continue to be a prominent role within IT organizations.   I do believe it will evolve and continue to evolve.  This will require additional training on technologies such as AI in order to keep up with technical evolution.  AI is a brand new technology, so it will require time and resources will need to be trained on how to use the technology effectively.