Automated Software Testing Saves Time and Money

18 September 2017 1255


Automated Software Testing Saves Time and Money


When it comes to software testing, it is traditionally a manual process. Manual testing has its benefits, but it is hugely labor and cost intensive. Off the shelf or custom testing software is proving to be a more reliable testing method that saves time and money. If the 2 primary goals of an app are releasing it on time and releasing it bug free, automated testing is meeting these requirements more than manual testing ever did. Let’s take a look at why automated testing is becoming the norm, and why your QA team should start doing it.


Automated Testing Vastly Increases Coverage


Comprehensive testing requires wide test coverage, in other words testing everything the app does in every way, and on every platform and device. Data drive testing, regression testing and negative testing take a long time. Just one example of manual testing would be for a tester to input erroneous data in a data field to see how the app reacts. This must be done for all fields in the app, on all platforms and on all devices. The way the app reacts in such scenarios must then be recorded. Then the bug must be fixed and then the app tested again. This is hugely labor intensive. This either requires paying a software tester or having the developers doing it themselves. Needless to say, a developer is paid to build apps, not test. Testers are often prohibitively expensive, especially for start-ups.  Automated testing, however, has prescript tests that can than run a huge amount of functions to test the software’s functionality. It is much faster and cheaper.


Automated Testing is More Accurate


The beauty of automated testing is that it is not prone to human error, assuming the code is written properly. In manual testing, the volume of tests and the duration inevitably give rise to bugs that are missed. Accurately recording such a large volume of data is very difficult for a human being to do accurately. There are no such problems with automated software. Does this mean automated software is perfect? No, because a test program cannot test subjective concepts like design, aesthetics and “flow”. However, automated testing will pick up and record bugs in a way that humans simply cannot. With automated testing, reports are produced quicker and are far more accurate.


Automation Does What Manual Testing Cannot


For app testing, the same approach must be applied consistently over a huge volume of inputs. Human beings, being prone to boredom, will often become exasperated with such mundane and repetitive tasks. We often fail to test in the same way consistently. Automated testing solves this problem.


Automated QA Testing Helps Developers and Testers


Testing is often a barrier to startups and young developers, even if they are very talented. Designing and testing are two different beasts. Manual testing requires several thing startups don’t usually have: skilled testers, a testing framework, cash flow and time. Many designers simply don’t know how to establish a plan for testing. Manual testing is a long process with many stages. Automated apps come with the process built in. Off the shelf apps will provide most firms with sufficient structure to get started, whilst custom testing software will allow you to tweak it to your particular app.


QA and Dev Team Morale Improves


Testing by its very nature highlights errors. Human beings do not like to be critiqued, so testing can place a lot of strain on development teams. Automated testing makes it a much more clinical and matter of fact process as it depersonalizes the critical element. QA teams also face difficulty with manual testing, as constantly delivering bad news is not conducive to positive relationships. Furthermore, removing the mundane, repetitive element makes the QA process much more enjoyable. Automated testing turn QA from a boring and frustrating task into a managed process. With automated testing, morale for both development and Q teams can improve dramatically.


The Bottom Line


Automated software is taking precedence over manual testing. This does not mean manual testing is redundant. Manual testing will still have its place – after all, only human beings can gauge how an app “feels” and what the user experience is like. What’s more, only human beings can provide insight into colour schemes and aesthetics. What automated testing can do, however, is carry out the monotonous technical elements, allowing developers and QA teams to better use their time and resources.