How to implement Shift Left Testing approach?

How to implement Shift Left Testing approach?

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Hey Alex,

Shift Left Testing is a new approach to testing that aims at detecting and eliminating defects as close as possible to their origin.

What does it mean exactly? It means that we should start testing as soon as we start developing, and not wait till some later stage.

One of the benefits of this approach is that it allows us to move the left side of the testing pyramid as far as possible. If we test as early as possible, we will need fewer tests. This will enable us to automate more of our tests and execute them more often.

Here are some of the important steps that need to be implemented for rolling out a shift left testing strategy:

  1. Include Testers During Initial Plan And Analysis
  2. Include Testers During Design And Development
  3. Develop A Robust & Strong Test Plan
  4. Unified Test Strategy
  5. Risk-Based Analysis
  6. Static Testing
  7. Include Developers Into Testing Activities
  8. Inculcate Test Automation

Hope it helps!


Shift left testing is all about pushing the test process into the earliest stages of the development process. At times, the shift left allows testing of the process right from the moment requirements and objectives are defined.

The overall objective is to overcome any bottlenecks that might hamper the software development lifecycle. And therefore, the shift left process begins from the requirement analysis followed by a study of the feasibility, understanding the architectural design of the software, diving into the development, dedicated testing, and then the deployment stage.

If you need to explore more detail of the implementation process, here is a quick link that might help you in making things easy as you take on your next project with a shift-left approach.

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