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Take a ‘Shift Left’ Approach to Testing to Accelerate and Improve Application Development

Published: 29 July 2019

ID: G00406812

Analyst(s): Joachim Herschmann, Jim Scheibmeir


Application leaders are under increasing pressure to maintain quality while increasing the velocity of delivery. They should take a shift-left approach to testing and invest in test automation to build a highly productive product delivery organization.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • Combine Coding and Testing Into a Single Activity
  • Implement Continuous Integration and Automated Testing
  • Devise a ‘Shift-Left’ Testing Strategy
    • Unit and Component Tests
    • Service/API Layer Tests
    • Acceptance Tests
    • Integration Tests
    • UI Tests
    • Static Code Analysis

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