Smoke Testing involves preliminary testing of software to identify high-level and critical issues before detailed testing or release. It acts as a sanity check, ensuring basic functionality, stability, and readiness, reducing wasted efforts and surprises. Smoke Testing supports Agile, continuous integration, and release management practices, leveraging tools like TestNG, Postman, and Bamboo, driving efficiency, confidence, and satisfaction in fast-paced and quality-focused software development lifecycles.


Use Cases

Build Verification

  • Objective: To ensure that a new build or release is stable enough for further testing.
  • Scope: Critical in CI/CD pipelines, conducted automatically upon each code push.
  • Advantage: Quickly validates that the build is not broken, saving time and resources.

Environment Validation

  • Objective: To confirm that the deployment environment (staging, production, etc.) is set up correctly.
  • Scope: Important during environment provisioning and updates.
  • Advantage: Ensures that the application can run in the targeted environment without major issues.

Branch Merges

  • Objective: To ascertain that code merged from different branches doesn’t break the application.
  • Scope: Utilized whenever new features, hotfixes, or changes are integrated into the main codebase.
  • Advantage: Minimizes integration conflicts and issues, fostering seamless collaboration.

Configuration Changes

  • Objective: To validate that changes to configuration files or backend parameters don’t adversely affect the application.
  • Scope: Relevant when modifying database configurations, network settings, or third-party service integrations.
  • Advantage: Detects any configuration-related errors early, preventing potential outages or performance degradation.

Rollback Decisions

  • Objective: To confirm the application’s state after a rollback operation.
  • Scope: Crucial after reverting to a previous version due to a failed update or release.
  • Advantage: Validates that the application has successfully returned to a stable state, ensuring continuity and reliability.