3 Big Myths Worth Knowing About Automated Testing

Automated testing is steadily gaining popularity as a testing method because of its numerous advantages, such as enhanced speed and…

July 25, 2018
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The Rise of Automated Testing

Automated testing is steadily gaining popularity as a testing method because of its numerous advantages, such as enhanced speed and efficiency. But as more project managers and developers embrace this innovative approach, more myths are surfacing about automated testing that must be addressed. As teams begin the process of Test Automation (TA), separating the facts from the assumptions are critical for ensuring the best results.

Before choosing to automate testing, here are three of the biggest myths and the truths behind them that you should know.


1.    100% Automation is not Possible

The biggest misconception about testing automation is that 100% of the testing process can be automated. Automation is a tool for consistency and identifies coding errors, but that doesn’t mean it will produce quality results at all times if the testing conditions change. Complete automation would not take into account new integrations and would continue to test the old scripts, overlooking the modifications and increasing the likelihood of inaccuracies.

Specific source codes power automated testing, and its purpose is to operate using the same methods as manual testers while relieving developers of additional work through continuous testing. As development moves forward, automation should not be utilized as a complete testing solution but as a means of testing specific components that are crucial to the success of the application.


2.    Automated Testing does not Eliminate the Need for Manual Testers

Both manual testing and automated testing offer unique benefits during development cycles. Because the effectiveness of each testing process is dependent on the testing environment, the two are incomparable.

High-quality products must be functional and compatible across a diverse platform, but manual testing is necessary when determining how customers will respond to a product once it hits the market. An application must work well, but it must also be attractive and easy to operate on the front-end. Manual testers are necessary when analyzing the user experience and user interface because only humans can understand the details and conditions from a customer’s perspective.

Of course, a product must always be functional from the back-end for the best user experience. Automation may not possess the human insights, but it allows tests to be run more frequently and is especially valuable during regression testing. While automation is systematic and detects bugs and flaws in the system’s code, manual testing will be necessary once again if the coding build is modified.

For the most comprehensive insights and reliability, combine manual and automated testing instead of the comparing the methods and choosing only one during development.


3.    The ROI is not Immediate with Automated Testing

Automating testing saves time and money, but its true value will be noticed in the long-term. In the initial phases of testing automation, developing an operating system will be costly and time-consuming, as specific tools and testers with specialized skill sets will be required.

Software is constantly evolving, and with its evolution comes various degrees of complexities. Because of these complexities, automated tests shouldn’t run until the environment is stable. Developers can implement and maintain testing processes after achieving stability. At this point, testing automation will increase productivity by reducing the additional time and effort of manual testing during development.


Know The Real Benefits of Test Automation

The return on the investment for automation software is substantial, but it takes time to see these benefits. While automation can increase efficiency, accuracy, and productivity, project managers and developers must acknowledge the real costs of automating software testing.

Test automation requires collaboration and patience. Automation is a powerful tool for creating high-quality products but using it as the only testing method would be a mistake. Developers and project leaders can rely on automation to speed up the development process. Still, teams must be realistic when assessing the capabilities and limits of automated testing to truly reap its benefits.

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