Last updated on - September 17th, 2018
In my previous posts, we talked about what is automated software testing and the right time to start automation testing. In this post, we will talk about one more important topic ‘why automation testing’ or ‘why do we need automation testing?’
This is one of the important questions mostly asked by manual testers because they are not always comfortable moving to automation testing.
Sometimes they feel overloaded with the learning curve that requires moving to automation testing. At the same time, they may also have a fear that automation testing will replace manually testing.
As you can see Mr. Rob is also little confused about a lot of things, thinking about automation testing.
I think Mr. Rob and you both are afraid of learning these many new automation concepts and asking the same question why automation testing is needed.
So, what’s the best thing here?
This article is full of automation fundamental concepts, Mr. Rob and you, are looking for and will surely put an end to all the assumptions.
Why Manual Testing
- Time – Manual testers may not have adequate time to investigate an alternative to manual testing, learn how to use automation testing tools, build and maintain automation script.
- Scenarios Complexity– Some scenarios may be too complex and it’s not feasible to automate.
- Awareness – Organizations may lack the knowledge that alternatives to manual testing exist.
- Skill Set – Testers may lack the skills set required to be successful with automated software testing tools.
- Cost – Organizations may not have enough budget to invest in the tools.
Scenario Without Automation Testing
Let’s first discuss what happened when automation testing is not in place.
As per standard automation testing process, before every release of software or product, the testing team should test each test case manually from the regression suite.
Based on the execution report of regression pack, the team can evaluate the quality of the software and give sign-off for the release.
Over the time, after multiple releases of software, regression suite will gradually increase and an amount of time, cost, and resource requirements for the execution would also increase accordingly.
Take a few minutes and imagine the situation what amount of efforts manual testers need to put to verify the same features before every release.
Automation testing is typically used to automate regression pack and manual efforts can easily be utilized testing new features and for exploratory testing.
Why Automation Testing
There is no doubt that test automation or automation testing is becoming necessary for testing application successfully, in both large as well as small organizations.
Automated software testing has specific advantages for improving long-term efficiency of software testing process.
Today, most of the organizations prefer to work in an Agile model which demands more automation and it’s hard to succeed without automation in place.
Nowadays, IT industry is most productive than ever, they need resources who are also dynamic in nature. The industries are looking for multi-skilled, multi-tasking resource.
So, if someone has the skills to work only as a manual test engineer, then time has come to think about the different perspective of doing testing i.e. automation testing. Else it might possible that soon you may become out-of-date or lose good opportunities.
Does Automation Testing Replace Manual Testers?
Few people think that automation testing will replace manual testers. Fortunately, they are wrong.
Automation testing is basically used to run the same set of tests over and over again and execute test steps accurately and precisely in the short span of time.
So, the answer is NO, manual testing cannot be replaced by automation testing. What I believe is automation testing is not even possible without the help of manual testers. They help automation testers to understand the functionality and use cases.
However, there are significant advantages of automation testing over manual testing. It reduces manual testing time, efforts, and cost.
Testing will not be a boring task, there will be a fewer chance of making mistakes, and can easily execute tedious or complex test cases within a short span of time.
Automation Testing Learning Curve
Are you planning to learn automation?
You must be asking this question – what about the learning curve of automation testing?
No matter what you are learning, it will always be simple and easy, if you proceed in the appropriate sequence. Moreover, you don’t need to learn all the things at a time. Everyone learns new things one by one.
There are nice tips, I’ve stated in one of my previous articles. I would like to quote one line here again
“Moving your career from manual to automation testing is neither an easy task nor a difficult task. It completely depends on your attitude of learning something new.”
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I hope this article helped you and Mr. Rob to understand the need for automation testing.
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For Further Reading :
- What is Selenium
- What is Continuous Integration – Big Picture
- How to Learn Automation Testing Easily
- What Are The Popular Test Automation Tools