byAmol Gavai (Assistant Vice President – Business Development)
Automated Testing vs Manual Testing – Which one is a preferred option?
Testing is an integral and important part of any successful software project. The objective of any successful project is to reduce the cost and time required to finish it successfully while maintaining quality. When it comes to testing, one type may accomplish this objective better than the other.
Manual testing is a classical method wherein, the tester manually checks all the essential features of the given application or software and generates the test reports without any automation software testing tools. Automated testing relies on the scripted test which runs automatically to compare actual results with the expected results and testers use appropriate automation tools to develop the test scripts and review the software.
Manual testing is a preferred option when,
The project necessarily requires human knowledge and skills to understand and test the software which can happen when the project is poorly documented and executed.
The project is not very well planned, and the tester is given the task to measure how user-friendly, efficient, or convenient the software product is for the end users, which basically requires human observation.
Automated testing is a preferred option when,
Testing requires the simulation of thousands of concurrent users.
The software has multiple releases.
Turn-around time is very less, even for high-risk software testing.
Mathematical calculations are included in the software functionality.
Testing requires the repeated execution of a task.
The project requires load testing of the software to determine its behaviour under both normal and at peak conditions.
Testing is required to confirm that a recent program or code change has not adversely affected existing features of a software under review.