5 Common Myths of Test Automation

More and more organizations are going through a transformation within the digital transformation age. They are under pressure to remain competitive and to deliver faster. It is more important now for everybody to understand what test automation is and effectively meet goals, expectations and remain cost effective. The first step in understanding test automation is to address a few common automation myths.

1.Test Automation Yields Immediate Payback
False.

Automation must be viewed as a long-term commitment. Often key aspects, activities and other cost factors that can devaluate the automation process are ignored, thereby shattering expectations and objectives of the program and the objectives the organization has. Companies must remember that it takes a meaningful investment of time and money for teams to learn how to use automation in the most effective manner.

2.Test Automation Is A One-Off Effort
False

Wouldn’t it be great if there were such a tool that would automate with just a click of a button and could start right away? That would be great but unfortunately; it would not be able to adjust for maintenance or other product demands like that of being aligned to business and the ability to see the backlog of defects. A one-off effort cannot provide the best benefits.

3.Test Automation will Eliminate Manual Testing Cost
False

It is important to keep in mind that not all processes can be automated, especially a fully end-to-end process with batch cycles. Automation requires ongoing maintenance and a well-thought approach. Manual testing is more of a supplementary activity or aid that is there throughout the project. It allows you to reduce the cost of manual testing but only to a certain extent. If the automated pack is not in line with the application, then manual testing is the only resort.

4.Everything can be Automated
False

The idea to have everything automated is most likely on every manager’s wish list but sadly, not everything can be automated. Even if it was technically possible, the cost of automating could overtake the benefits that you would derive from it. Automation needs to be viewed very carefully. Look at what is business critical, what is absolutely necessary to help management and the organization ensure that they have confidence in the quality of the product.

5.Higher rate of defect detection through automated checks
False

Another expectation that management has from automation is that there is now a tool that will detect all defects and the more I automate, the more defects are detected and therefore, my defect detection rate is going to be higher. Reality is that it will not detect more defects.  More often, it is used as an assurance enabler when changes are being implemented. So that we know that functionality is not regressed.

These test automation myth and myth busters were recently discussed in the Digility live webinar, What the Maintenance Cost Says About Your Test Automation Success