Manual Testing

Manual Testing is the process of testing software manually for issues that may impact on an end users’ ability to utilise the software for its intended purpose. Full automation in software testing is rarely the best solution, and most teams will use manual testing at some stage. While manual testing can give you an accurate way to find bugs and get a realistic picture of how users will use your application, it has many challenges. From user fatigue to testing bottlenecks, there are many reasons why it makes sense to integrate some sort of automation into your testing process.


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What is Manual Testing?

Manual testing means checking software for defects, without the use of test automation, so it’s carried out by those on your team. Although there are certain times when manual testing is necessary, it’s often not practical to test manually from beginning to end, and the human element means there’s a greater chance of error.

Help for Manual Testing

With the bulk of testing still carried out manually, it’s not surprising that organisations have low levels of test coverage and throughput. Using a solution that makes defect capture faster provides more time to increase the test coverage. In addition, the process captured from the manual test feeds and automation test and further increases coverage in shorter time-scales. Increased coverage will eliminate more errors, improving the quality of your applications and increasing business satisfaction.
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Making Manual Testing less Painful

There are many ways that you can make manual testing easier, cutting down on time and tester fatigue. Firstly, look at stages where automation could be added, perhaps in simple, repetitive tasks where human intervention isn’t needed. By identifying where you can cut down on manual tests, you can cut duplicate and unnecessary tests. Adding automation to the dev cycle allows you to free up time for manual testing of high level tasks, while the simple tests can be automated and run overnight.

Manual Testing vs. Test Automation

Some stages of software testing will need the human touch, especially in the early stages. Unfortunately, relying on manual testing for the more repetitive stages of software testing can cause bottlenecks, with testers often experiencing fatigue and boredom that slows them down. It can also be difficult to keep track of and replicate any bugs found. Software such as TestDrive-Assist can help, as they build an audit trail for you, so there’s no need to carry out screen captures or keep logs.

While automated testing has many advantages, it’s not always possible, or cost effective, to automate 100%. This is why you should consider using manual testing tools alongside those that are automated. You’ll then be able to choose where processes could be automated to save money and re-allocate those resources to more complex areas where manual work is required.
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