Top Automated Testing Myths Debunked
These automated testing myths are absolutely false
Automation testing or test automation is a software testing technique that performs using special automated testing software tools to execute a test case suite. On the contrary, manual testing is performed by a human sitting in front of a computer carefully executing the test steps. The automation testing software can also enter test data into the system under test, compare expected and actual results, and generate detailed test reports. Software test automation demands considerable investments of money and resources.
Don’t Have Time to Stop and Add Automation
It is absolutely false when a company claims that it doesn’t have enough time to stop working and add automation to its system because instead, it would actually help improve the performance of the company ten times more. Companies like Amazon and Netflix have instituted end-to-end automation that allows them to push builds to production in record time.
Finding the Expert is Difficult
This myth is also blatantly false, as automatic testing doesn’t always require expert knowledge and the current workers can easily learn the skills. Learning how to add automation to the testing process can help create a virtuous cycle, too, where you will see dividends paid back in time savings from the time you took to learn these key skills. And, the faster feedback loops will make you and your peers more efficient and effective.
Lack of Resources for Continuous
While continuous testing and automated testing are related, they certainly are not the same thing. You can’t obtain continuous testing without the help of automation. However, you can have automated testing without continuous testing. On the spectrum of testing maturity, continuous testing is certainly at the far end as it requires DevOps processes, pipelines, and automated reporting as prerequisites. If your organization isn’t at this level of maturity yet, that is OK. Start small and work your way toward continuous testing as a gold standard. For example, consider running unit tests with each new build, implementing a fast feedback loop to development several times a day.
Automation Will Solve Everything
Automation is not a silver bullet. Automation engineers experience false positives and flaky builds that come from a lack of human observation, maintenance, and company-wide collaboration. For example, common challenges using Selenium for automated testing might include coding for cases with more complicated elements like dynamic content, multiple tabs, and pop-up windows that are easier to test manually. Testing will still require the specialized skills of a talented testing team to troubleshoot problems, write scripts, manage tools, and maintain test cases.
Automated Testing is Better than Manual Testing
Automated testing is worth the investment. Much like insurance, the added time and expense to begin integrating automated testing into your processes are necessary trade-offs to reduce business risk. Automated testing helps reduce failures, avoiding all-hands-on-deck type emergencies. Automated testing is less difficult than trying to engineer quality at the tail end of anything. If you do not have any test automation in place today, consider starting with an assessment. Identify areas where automated testing is needed and begin addressing those gaps in a prioritized manner. While your ultimate goal may be to automate every gap on the list, start small, take steady steps towards your goal, and be sure to celebrate early wins.