The never ending debate - Manual vs Auto, is manual testing dead? do we need manual testing in agile? & blah blah

We have delivered over 20 builds to production in the last 12 months. (avg 15 stories per sprint)
We have no show stoppers or major issues reported by end users.
We have customised sprint + kanban to suit our team dynamics.
We believe that a story is Done/Ready for sign-off when it's DEV + Test complete
We pair up with Business for Story Kick-offs, grooming cards, demos, etc
We pair up with Dev's for tech tasks, API tests & support/bug investigations
We pair up with Dev Ops for infrastructure testing, build, deployment process
We test functionality, integration, migration, UX, localisation, regression

And YES We test most of our cards MANUALLY (SBTM approach).

to be continued...

Automation vs Manual Testing…Really?

I have never bothered to write about this or talk about it because I sincerely feel there are enough papers explaining the benefits and drawbacks of each (Just look at the Test Automation?? widget on the blog). But for some reason this discussion keeps coming back in different forms L

First it was the winrunners vs manual, and then came the QTP wave now it’s the web drivers, jasmine, cucumber/spec flows, etc etc.  vs manual? Really?

It’s amazing how much test automation has moved on from bulky huge licensing structure into light weight, open source collaborative setup. The new set of tools are fantastic and business facing which we as testers always craved for. On the other end manual testing has moved on from writing/running bunch of lines of steps in QC, to planning, testing, learning and interpreting tests in exploratory sessions.

Both at least to me have its merits, traps and limitations and I feel identifying and learning how to overcome them is what will help us get better and deliver value from testing than arguments around “Life is too shortfor manual testing. Would you agree?” or Should Testers Learn How to Write Code? 


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