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Pros and Cons of Manual Testing

Manual testing is usually done for small organizations. These establishments cannot afford large costs associated to test automation process. Manual testing is easy to carry out and due to the presence of human factor provides excellent results. However, it is not always the best choice. Below are some pros and consof manual testing.

Pros of Manual Testing

Though test automation is used by companies from all over the world, manual testing has its advantages.

Ideal for Small Business

Test automation is fast and reliable but can be cost prohibitive for some companies. Test automation setup and execution is not cheap. Small businesses rely on manual testing as there is no setup or resource cost included. A single tester can perform the processes. Short-term cost savings is another pro associated with this process as there is no need for upfront fees.

Detects User Issues

Test automation mostly depends upon virtualization. The idea is not reliable and sometimes does not detect the issues which real users can face. In manual testing, the testers act as end users and this helps them identify, first-hand, what issues need to be resolved.

Flexibility

There are many ideas which pop up while software testing progresses. Test automation is not flexible to add these during the process. In test automation, the test case is integrated into the tool and executed. Immediate working on a process is also not possible with test automation. However, with manual testing different ideas are not only executed at once but the results are obtained instantly.

Cons of Manual Testing
Human Error

Unlike automated testing, manual testing is always performed by a human. Therefore, a margin of error is always present. Also, some tests are not easy to perform manually. For instance, low-level regression testing cannot be conducted manually and it should never be. It takes too much time, increases long-term cost, and issues go undetected.

Monotonous

Unlike automated testing, manual testing is always performed by a human. Therefore, a margin of error is always present. Also, some tests are not easy to perform manually. For instance, low-level regression testing cannot be conducted manually and it should never be. It takes too much time, increases long-term cost, and issues go undetected.

Time Consuming

In test automation, if the test structure and requirements are changed then it is easy to add and rerun the test. However, with manual testing, it is not possible. In the case of any new requirements, value or idea entire test is rerun. Other than wasting valuable time the process takes a lot of energy and effort.

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