A Myth called Test Automation

In the past 6 months, i have seen a lot of prospects asking only for Test Automation from us. Though we clearly say that without manual testing it doesn't make sense for them to move towards automation, they really don't seem to care. As a services company, we also do not stress on the importance of manual testing again and again for the simple fact that we can lose the prospect from being converted into a customer. But personally, i feel bad that we are showing them the wrong direction and also knowing that the automated scripts won't be reused after a period of time, i feel sorry for them since i am aware that they are not going to reap return on their investment. Test Automation is considered to be the "Silver Bullet" by many companies today for all their testing problems.

6 opinions:

Tony said...

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Vasu said...

Thanks Tony for the comment. Will definitely look at your site.

polo said...

It is true, and being a test engineer i can say 'Automation' is a tool in a tool kit. Clearly says that, we have to use the tools when ever there is a need. But its a pathetic situation that most of the companies are looking only for automation where entire testing is leading in a wrong way. Coming to the business, Automation is nothing but simulating the human actions. To get a good results of automation, manual testing should play its role.

Vasu said...

Thanks Polo for Chiming in

John said...

Thanks for this post.I enjoyed reading it.It has really changed the way I think about this.
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Vasu said...

Thanks for the comment John