Test Automation is not a new concept

Though the idea is ancient in computer years, the majority of tests today are still executed manually. Even after 20+ years of test automation tools, over 70% of all tests are still manual. What’s more,that rate doesn’t seem to be changing. If everyone agrees that test automation is a great – even essential – practice,why hasn’t it caught on more?

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Two reasons:

  1. As the chart indicates, test automation is still the domain of experts. It requires very technical skills: either development abilities or profound knowledge of the selected tool.
  2. The real business expertise is often located with people outside the classic test departments–with those whose knowledge and past experience direct their work on a daily basis. As invaluable as these people are, their real strength does not generally lie in test automation.Modern development methodologies have recognized these deficiencies and implemented one of two solutions.

Solution 1: Incorporate testing into traditional developer-only teams

The definition of done within these teams typically include passed tests as one of the criteria to accept an implemented feature. The pressure to deliver high quality products to the end user forces agile teams automate their tests as much as possible.

Those tests however, normally require even more developmental skills,meaning the developer or tester has to intervene on a unit test or coding level.

Development skills are scarce, and often needed to develop new features rather than to develop test code.

Team members who are able to code use these skills for implementation sooner or later.

To make matters more complicated, automated tests are not typically easy to read, and therefore not easy to maintain. The purpose of these tests needs to be very well documented to understand what exactly was tested and why a certain test has failed 2-3 months after it was originally written. A discussion with business experts on that level is simply impossible.

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