Myth and Reality: Manual testing

Today, there are enough frameworks to support all existing programming languages and automate processes as a result. It seems easy – just choose the right software platform and test your application in automated mode. In reality, not everything is as simple as you would like, which is why manual testing is so important. In this article, we’ll look at some of the myths that mislead people about the true value of manual testing.


Myth: Automated testing will replace manual testing

Automated processes run faster than manual testing run by humans, but if you encounter a bug or complication in the testing process, a human will be able to resolve it in less time than it takes to write new automation code.


Myth: Testing is random clicking in different places

It is a common misconception that testing is just randomly clicking on a user interface (UI) and tracking detailed information in Excel or other documents. The reality is that testers perform very well-defined testing activities to ensure that the UI/APP works even in exceptional cases. Software testing is a challenging task that requires skills such as understanding testing methods, creativity, problem solving, planning, attention to detail, patience and communication. It is not easy to develop scenarios that will destroy a system, but don’t be afraid – it can be learned.


Myth: Testing is simply documentation

First of all, documentation is the job of everyone working on the project. An accurate and well-designed document provides the foundation and historical evidence of a project. For testers, however, documentation is more important, because the result of their work is not a program or a module, but quality assurance.


Myth: Testing is monotonous and does not require creativity

Testers need to be creative because they have to develop many different types of test examples. As the user has no limits on what they can and cannot do, the same applies to testers. Every new feature introduces new scenarios, every small change affects the whole application, all platforms have to be tested and everything is conceivable and possible. There is not just one single test case, there are many and testers are constantly generating new ones.


Myth: Testing should be done when the product is fully developed

After each deployment, the entire product must be tested, even seemingly small modifications can affect other features that have been developed. This is one of the biggest fallacies of testing. If this is not done, everything will stack up and we will end up with a finished software defect rather than a fully developed software project.


Myth: Testing is only for finding bugs

Good QA (Quality Assurance) specialists understand the product, recommend solutions, test the requirements and make sure the job is done well enough. Finding bugs is only half the job, testers are equally important members of the team who do their best to produce a product of the highest value and quality. They often assess the competition, find new solutions, look for improvements and inquire about the status of the current situation. Sometimes, the best testers are the managers responsible for the success of the product.

As we can see, testing is very important and relevant, because usually when building a software product, about half of the time and budget is spent on this phase.

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