By Kevin Olsen, Business Unit Leader, Automated Testing & Verification


When it comes to verification testing, there are advantages to both manual and automated verification. For example, manual testing is more adaptable and the tester can add some of their own expertise to find edge case or user experience bugs. In contrast, automated testing can leverage speed and repeatability of certain tasks, but it takes development time and may not be fully usable until the software has matured. So, how do you know when to introduce automation to your testing? Consider the following questions:

1. Is the verification task simple?

If the task is easy to automate, it is probably worth exploring an automated approach. The biggest burden in automated testing is often time of development. If the necessary development is minimal, then the task is a good candidate for automation.

2. Is the task repetitive?

If the verification task is only going to be performed a few times, then automating may be more effort than it is worth. A manual approach should be considered.

3. Does automating enhance reliability or repeatability?

If the task involves strict adherence to a lengthy set of test steps or is difficult for a manual tester to repeat, then automation may enhance those aspects of the testing.

4. Are there known low-occurrence bugs?

If a certain bug is only observed in a small percentage of executions, then consider if automation can be leveraged. Automated testing can help you find those low-occurrence bugs through additional repetitions. Performing this sort of testing with manual testers can be costly, time-intensive, and may prevent manual testers from focusing on other functionality.

Adding automation to testing is a powerful option, but it is important to leverage the appropriate method for the appropriate tasks. To learn more, visit our Software & Hardware Testing page or contact us today for a free consultation with a member of our team.