The Myths of Manual Testing
Myth #1: Anyone can do manual testing.
Testing requires many skill sets. A good test engineer will attack a feature more thoroughly than a person who is not trained to be a test engineer, or who may not possess the innate curiosity and thought process needed to be a good test engineer. A developer, product manager, or employees of a company will approach testing on a high level while a test engineer will approach the feature or a product using an analytical, technical, behavioral, and conditional mind set. Anyone can do testing but it takes a good test engineer to do it effectively.
Myth #2: Testing ensures 100% defect-free product.
While the goal is to have a 100% defect-free product, testing (manual or automated) can only find as many defects as possible. Identifying all possible defects is impossible, but QA is there to mitigate risks.
Myth #3: Automated testing is more powerful than manual testing.
100% test automation is impossible. Manual testing is equally as important and in most cases is indispensable. Manual testing is imperative in any product because it uncovers risks and opportunities that only a human can uncover. A new product or application must be manually tested before test cases can be automated, and automation is only introduced once the feature is stable. As such, test automation is very useful for regression testing.
Myth #4: Manual testing is easy.
Testing in itself can be extremely challenging. Behavioral and use case testing requires high-level analytical skills. Anyone can test, but not everyone can do testing well.
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