Last updated on - March 17th, 2018
Many times, people ask this question why should we go for automation testing when we are doing great with manual testing. Even I have been asked the same question many times. So, I thought to share my experience and write an article on the top 10 benefits of automation testing I usually get.
In automation testing, you make use of specialized and popular test automation tools to automate testing activities to make your testing more accurate, reliable, and of course fast.
Along with that, there are many great benefits of using automation testing. Let’s explore top 10 benefits of automation testing.
Top 10 Benefits of Automation Testing
Very important. You can run an automated test as many times you want without skipping any steps. The biggest benefit is that you can re-use same scripts over the multiple releases of the software.
Return on Investment
This is one of the important benefits from the management point of view. Initially, automation testing requires more efforts and time but does not help much in testing, to save time and cost. Once you design automation framework and automate test cases, positively you will get good ROI in long run, considering you choose the right time to start automation testing. Good ROI means automation is saving your testing time and cost. The team management will be happy now.
While using automated testing, you can execute test cases in parallel with different configurations on multiple systems or devices using cloud environment like BrowserStack. It helps to save the execution time and get the execution report quickly.
It does not need much explanation I think. Certainly, you can run automated test unattended and 24/7. Start the test execution when you go home at night and check the execution results when you come to the office next day in the morning.
Less Hand On-Deck
As mentioned above, initially in automation testing, you require putting more efforts and time to make testing stable. In long run, you will get good ROI and does not require more hands-on-deck to handle automation execution. You can utilize them in other testing activities.
Accuracy is very important in both manual and automation testing. Even a senior member of the team can also make mistakes while executing test cases manually. Making mistakes are fundamental rights of every human being, Just kidding!!!. Automation testing helps in improving accuracy in the test execution in short period of time.
Robust reporting is one of the great features, automation testing tools have. You can easily track each and every executed test steps with screenshots and visual logs. If configured, many tools can also record the complete execution for your future reference. You can also email these reports to different stack holders.
Non-functional testing is a type of testing that you cannot perform manually. Anyhow if you manage to do it, you cannot guarantee that your result or output is accurate. There are many automation tools which are designed exclusively for non-functional testing with many great features.
Increase Test Coverage
Frequent execution of similar or same test cases is bit boring and time-consuming when performed manually. For example, executing regression suite or validating same functionality for different sets of data. With the help of automation testing, you can perform different types of testing very effectively and execute tons of test cases in the shorter time span which will surely increase test coverage.
I have experienced it many times that test suite becomes out of date because existing functionalities have been changed and test cases are no more valid. When tests are automated and use to run for every build, it’s easy to track the modified functionality as those test cases surely will fail. It enforces us to make changes in test cases and automation scripts, which anyways help in maintaining the software quality.
In conclusion, This article had the intention to highlight few important benefits of automation testing that will help you to make your testing more productive and cost-effective.
Having said that, to obtain the best outcomes you should need a combination of both types of testing.
For repetitive, simple test cases, and time-consuming test cases you should go for automated testing. Whereas, for usability testing and better user experience analysis choose manual testing.
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