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Are There any Pitfalls with Automated Testing Over Manual Testing?

The world of testing software has evolved with great leaps and bounds of innovative methodology, scripts, tools, and technologies to rid flaws, bugs, and failure in making dependable programs. Automated Testing uses special software and scripts that control the execution of a program as well as comparing predictive outcomes to those of actual outcomes.

Originally only manual testing was used in software development, but with automated tests, the repetitive tasks that sludge and slow down the manual testing process is reduced dramatically. This improves continuous delivery and testing in the process saving time, labor, and cost. The automated process runs quickly and repeatedly in the background allowing testers to focus on user interface issues.

What’s Wrong with Automated Testing?

So why bother with manual testing if automated is so effective? The primary pitfall many businesses experience with automation is the cost of tools to provide the process. The other is that automated testing is often conducted alongside manual testing. While in the long term, the automated process will pay off the additional costs incurred in the beginning especially with regression testing, while manual testing sometimes involves free beta testing labor in exchange for software to its testers. The initial start-up is one of the major pitfalls seen with its initial use.

The Human Element

The other major pitfall is the lack of human observation and that it cannot guarantee user-friendliness or reliable customer experiences – and is why manual testing is often run alongside the process, especially with the GUI. Manual testing is known best for exploratory testing, usability, and ad-hoc testing – all of which depends on the human tester. Automated testing lacks the tester’s knowledge, experiences, analytical and logical skill sets, creativity, and intuition – all of which is necessary to explore the testing methods. Knowing how user-friendly, efficient, and convenient the software is for its users is also a human technique difficult to replicate with scripts. Automated testing, however, is best when used for regression tests, load tests, repeated execution, performance tests, and diagnosis. The final pitfalls with automated testing are that tools still have limitations … while it can find the majority of bugs and failures in the system it can experience difficulties like considering visual concerns such as font size, image color, and readability.

The other is that the user’s behavior is pre-conceived and programmed into the system by the developer, so it sometimes takes the automated testing software to learn, expand, and evolve with user issues. As always, knowing the product and tools that are available to conduct automated testing is very important.

Will these pitfalls be solved eventually by automated testing? Most definitely. As we evolve and grow with these great tools, fantastic achievements are made every day.

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