Software development is something that most large companies are involved in these days, whether they’re a software business or not.
A recent article for Information Age explained that it’s vital to automate as much of this process as possible to make it efficient for engineers and free up their time to work on the areas that matter.
Jim Rose, CEO at CircleCI, explained that introducing automation and machine learning enhancements to various stages in the company’s software development process has freed up the time its engineers are waiting by around 50 per cent.
The news provider revealed that, on average, software engineers will spend four hours a week waiting for tests to complete, and 3.5 hours waiting for builds.
Improving software test resources at your firm could therefore free up some of their valuable time and help lead to efficiencies.
Mr Rose explained that the challenge for development teams is to speed up as the software market speeds up. “The only way to really get there is to automate all the steps that don’t necessarily need human intervention, because instead of doing it over the course of minutes, hours, days, you can do it in seconds,” he said.
Earlier this year, a Forbes article identified a closer tie up between developers and testers as one of the big trends to watch in software development. That’s because a growing number of organisations are adopting a DevOps model, which means carrying out testing alongside the development.
The advantage to this process is that the rollout of the product is quicker because bugs are picked up and fixed earlier in the process, while there’s no need for a lengthy testing period when the development work comes to an end.