[Webinar Takeaways] Introducing TrueTest™: AI-powered Regression Testing

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A few days ago, we announced TrueTest™, the latest innovation of the Katalon Platform that uses AI to allow quality engineering teams to realign their resources to spend more time validating and testing new release features while relying on Katalon to create, maintain, and run regression tests on existing application code. Here are the most insightful takeaways from the announcement webinar:

Everyone is talking about AI, and there is a lot of noise

Everyone is talking about AI due to the prevalent hype. People are now wondering: ‘How can I use AI today to enhance my productivity instead of merely exploring its capabilities?’ Before diving into what TrueTest is, Alex Martins provided a brief insight into the impact of AI on Software Testing. Here are some key points:

  • Integrating AI tools allows developers to code more swiftly, which, while increasing productivity, also elevates the risk of introducing defects and adversely impacting quality.

  • Testers require AI to keep pace with the rapidly accelerating development speed and the escalating complexity of applications. They are the custodians of quality, which is why AI-augmented capabilities are indispensable.

  • AI acts as a catalyst for testers, enabling them to:

    • Move faster through the use of accelerators, which help in creating and maintaining tests more quickly.
    • See clearer with insights, aiding teams in better decision-making.
    • Optimize the overall testing process for enhanced efficiency and reduced costs
  • AI is not a replacement for testers but a tool to supercharge their efforts. It is not a magical solution and cannot function independently; testers are the ones who can help AI achieve its full potential.

Why did we create TrueTest™, and how will it help you?

Before we dive into the details, let’s consider the following question: What is more critical in the tester’s world?

  1. Ensuring that new features work correctly?
  2. Ensuring that existing features don’t break with a new release?

Unfortunately, we have noticed that a significant portion of testers spend most of their time making sure that existing features don’t break. But why is that the case?

Manual regression testing requires updating tests whenever there are changes in the app. Every time new features are added or existing features change, the old tests might not work anymore. So, it’s essential to update these tests to match the new changes, ensuring they’re still helpful to catch any issues. However, a common problem is that teams often don’t have enough time to update these tests properly. This issue is even worse for teams doing automated regression testing. Usually, they update the automated tests only after the manual tests have been updated. This often causes a delay, making the team always play catch-up, which is hard and takes a lot of effort over time.

There’s also another approach called ‘fingers crossed’ regression testing. This is more common in teams that know the app very well. They just do a quick check on important parts of the app, hoping everything is fine, mostly because they don’t have time for thorough testing. This method is quite risky. The discussion mentions ‘TrueTest’ as a tool that could help solve these regression testing challenges, offering a way to manage this ongoing struggle of keeping tests updated and effective as the app changes over time.

What is Katalon TrueTest™?

TrueTest is an AI-powered automation solution that creates automated tests based on real user activities within an application. Simply put, TrueTest makes and keeps tests updated as the app changes. It works by understanding what real users are truly doing in your app, assuming that if users are actively using the app, it’s functioning well and bringing value to them and the business.

Breaking it down further, TrueTest automatically creates tests for you to run in various testing environments before a release. This way, you can ensure that any changes won’t negatively affect the user experience. When considering regression testing, the big challenge is knowing which business-critical scenarios to test first. TrueTest tackles this by capturing real user interactions, showing you a user journey map so you understand what’s truly important without guessing or relying on gut feel.

The main advantage of TrueTest comes when it’s time for maintenance. It notices any changes in user behavior or app functionalities with new releases and automatically updates the test cases it generated before, requiring zero maintenance from your end. This is particularly helpful when there are new features or changes in existing functionalities, as TrueTest adjusts the tests accordingly.

Also, TrueTest generates a journey map, which helps in understanding the coverage of your tests. It compares the coverage of your existing tests with the new tests it generates, visually showing gaps on a user journey map. If there are gaps, TrueTest can generate more tests to fill those in, helping quality engineers prioritize and guide their testing efforts on business-critical scenarios. This way, you’re not guessing but seeing exactly what needs to be done and what’s already done, ensuring a thorough testing process before a release without compromising due to time constraints.

How does TrueTes work

TrueTest functions by first understanding real user interactions with an application, similar to how product analytics tools like Segment, Full Story, Heap, or Google Analytics operate. These tools capture user interactions via a JavaScript code snippet in the browser, which then sends the data to their cloud for processing. TrueTest utilizes the same data to generate user journey maps. This is done to understand what users are actually doing on the application. With the help of AI, TrueTest analyzes the user interactions across all sessions, identifying the most frequently navigated user flows. This provides an insight into the critical parts of the application based on user activity.

Unlike these tools, which focus on providing product insights, TrueTest’s key advantage is its ability to automatically generate tests for regression testing based on the most frequently navigated flows. This way, you have ready-to-use automated tests that reflect real user behaviors without any extra effort on your part. TrueTest also addresses the necessity of test data by generating synthetic data for these tests, allowing you to run them as soon as they’re generated or use your own data if preferred. All functionalities of TrueTest are designed to integrate seamlessly with your existing Katalon toolset. This means if you have Katalon Studio or the Katalon Runtime Engine (KRE), you can easily run these tests and feed data as usual.

Maintaining the relevance of these tests is effortless as TrueTest updates the tests based on observed changes in user behaviors or updates to the application. Another notable feature is the visualization aspect. The user journey map not only helps in generating tests but also aids in understanding test coverage. If there are any testing gaps noticed in pre-release testing, you can request TrueTest to fill those gaps, making the testing process much more thorough and less time-consuming. Through these steps, TrueTest streamlines the process of understanding user behavior, generating relevant tests, providing synthetic data, integrating with existing toolsets, and visualizing test coverage to ensure a robust testing phase before release.

:information_source: Learn more about TrueTest™ here: TrueTest: AI-powered Regression Testing Software

:pushpin: Join our TrueTest Beta Program at: Katalon TrueTest Beta Testing Program Registration Form

:information_source: Watch the webinar here: How Katalon TrueTest™ is Transforming Regression Testing | Webinar