How when and why to use AI in QA
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December 21, 2022

How, when and why top QA Engineers use AI in testing

There is a good joke about replacing developers and testers with AI: "To replace programmers with robots, clients must accurately describe what they want. So we are safe."

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Martin Koch

Even though AI is considered continuing learning and expanding its intelligence and awareness through machine learning, it’s still pretty far from perfection. And anyway, AI in software testing will be an integral part of the process. But how, when, and why? Let’s look at how AI can help QA engineers work smarter and more efficiently.

Why should software testers use artificial intelligence?

QA professionals have always been inclined to using automation tools to aid them in their testing efforts. As a tool, AI can help them better understand the business problems they’re solving, find bugs faster and more consistently, improve the quality of their testing, and save time by automating menial tasks.

However, manual testing has limitations, and many repetitive tasks can’t be automated because they require human intelligence, supervision or judgement. As a result, companies are looking at AI to improve the quality of their software testing efforts and address some of these limitations.

Here's how AI in QA process can be realised:

The first thing that QA engineers use AI for is automated testing. This can be very helpful in ensuring that the software they are working on has been adequately tested and can be used by customers without any issues. When they use AI to automate their tests, it makes it easier for them to run these tests repeatedly. Which can help ensure that they find any bugs quickly before they get out into the world where they could cause problems for customers or even worse damage.

Another way that QA engineers use AI is by using machine learning models to help them identify problems with the software being tested. Machine learning models can analyse data from past tests as well as other similar programs. So that they can identify patterns within those programs, which could indicate potential problems down the road when users start using them in real-life situations outside of controlled environments.

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When to use AI in testing?

Let’s start here with another question that probably arises right after you are done with the first part of the article — what is the difference between automation and AI in QA testing? Let’s find out before you decide to prepare the QA team for the test automation without knowing if you actually need it.

So, it’s definitely not about using an automation test tool. You still need a human intellect to incorporate and maintain all creative aspects such as business strategies, evaluating personal progress, and correcting workflow concerning your employee’s affairs. And AI possesses the biggest value in leaving time for you to deal with this “creativity”. It removes the burden of monotonous and redundant actions from developers and testers.

As it is now, not all automation testing tools can carry out a significant stack of tests and process results. Additionally, the launching of tests is still under human supervision as automation tools need to know what tests to start or they run all at once.
But with an AI bot, it would be possible to review the current statuses of your tests, recent changes in development and code coverage changes, and just then decide on what tests are necessary to start.

AI techniques applied in QA can speed up SLDT ten times faster. For example, it helps with warnings and false positives.

Automated testing is cool, but it still can bring an enormous amount of false positives about events that are not actual bugs or multiple warnings that usually don’t happen when manually testing. Such a thing “kills” development and QA teams as they have to repeatedly review an existing code to eliminate possible problems. Imagine their frustration when they find out that it was a false positive?!

What can AI do for them? The solution can be creating a classifier based on AI. And here is the literate quotation of Igor Kirilenko, Parasoft’s VP of Development.

"This classifier is based on results from previous classifications of static analysis findings in the context of both historical suppression of irrelevant warnings and prior prioritisation of meaningful findings to fix inside the codebase."

Igor Kirilenko, Parasoft's VP of Development

Another example is integration related.

UI is one of the pillars for creating high-conversion websites. And all developers are pursuing automated testing of UI to simplify and speed up this process. And for this purpose, they usually prefer using the Selenium framework. However, Selenium could be better. It still runs some issues with testing maintainability and stability. To avoid this problem, developers can incorporate AI and ML as self-healing methods at runtime to address troubles associated with UI test execution. Running tests captures the important information about UI imperfections and finds the solution from a historical perspective.

Key benefits of using AI in testing for TOP QA engineers

AI can be a great boon to your QA team, and it’s not just hype. Here are the top 3 ways AI can make your QA process better:

Test consistency

The presence of artificial intelligence can level any kind of disagreement in the team, as well as prevent testers from burning out during the same type of testing.

Imagine that you are maintaining a huge project with hundreds of thousands of code lines and a large front end and back end. The number of tests can simply “hurt the psyche” of any professional tester — in principle, they can already imagine how much monotonous and uninteresting work they will have to cope with.

The use of AI in these types of projects can not only accelerate goal achievement but also reduce burnout factors and anxiety due to tight deadlines and overwhelming workloads and eliminate contradictions in the team.

Better defect tracking

The main advantage of AI in defect detection is that AI can analyse errors. That is, at the end of testing, we can get a “description of the alleged offender”.

For developers, this is important because it allows you to discover other vulnerabilities in the product that may contain similar problems and get rid of them immediately.

However, one can go further and use AI to fix these bugs without the explicit presence of developers in this process.

Wider test coverage

AI can push the test coverage of a product very far forward, the scope of which cannot be provided by either automated or manual testing. Because AI ​​can view the necessary information and internal states, it can decide where additional testing needs to be done.

Instead of a conclusion

It is probably too obvious to write a conclusion about the usability of AI for QA engineers. Instead of this, we decided to ask AI itself what are the benefits of incorporating it into your work process. And, telling the truth, we were pretty surprised. This is what AI said:

“You’ll have more time to spend with friends and family. No longer will your work days be filled with endless document reviews and bug reports — now they’ll be filled with a happy hour with friends, spending quality time with loved ones, and whatever else makes you happy!
You can sleep at night knowing that your job is secure. As long as humans on this planet want things done right (and done right now), there will always be a place for QA engineers .”

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