The Importance of Manual testing in QA process

Updated on Sun 21 Aug, 2022 | 3 mins read | Free training, Manual testing


Hundreds of new apps and products are released every year. Numerous tests are carried out before they are released to the public. Automated testing is often seen as a replacement for manual testing. However, Manual testing is still important in the process of quality assurance.

By only dedicating your resources to one approach, you will miss out on many opportunities to improve quality. Manual and automated testing can result in higher quality and more stable product.

As new technologies evolve, automated testing is replacing manual testing as it allows companies to save time and resources. However, it is quite impossible to achieve 100% automation of QA processes and some of the features of new software need to be tested manually, in order to prove its future automation reasonableness.

Why do we think Manual testing is relevant?

1. Manually Testing Tests From a Human Perspective

Human testers are capable of identifying when something looks wrong. The automated test script doesn’t pick up the visual issues. When a tester interacts with software as a user would, they can discover problems.

Read When do we opt for Manual Testing over Automation Testing?

2. Exploratory Testing Can Only Be Done Manually

Automated tests only do the actions you tell them to do. They require extensive planning and preparation, which limits them to certain boundaries. There isn’t any room for straying from the written test to truly explore the application. But, in exploratory testing, we have the chance to answer questions such as “what happens if I do this?” It allows us to pursue our path through the test with few if any boundaries.

3. Errors and holes can be contained in automated tests.

Like code, an automated test script can have bugs. This means that automated testing has the potential to produce both false positives and false negatives. These errors can be avoided by including a human touch in the testing.

4. Manual testing helps us understand the whole problem.

Over time, automated testing can drastically reduce the time. It’s great for quick results, but manual testing allows us to understand the problem on a conceptual level. It introduces us to a level of testing that is not provided by automated testing.

Also read Manual Testing best practices

When to use Manual Testing?

There are some scenarios/conditions where we need to choose Manual testing over Automation testing.

  • Live testing
  • UI & UX issues
  • Less investment
  • Ability to adapt to changes
  • Tests That You Only Run Once
  • Features that are faster to be tested manually.

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Conclusion

No matter how advanced automated testing becomes, there is still a need for manual quality assurance.  There are many cases when manual testing would be more cost-effective for your project. So, when we test the product, it is important to focus on the combination of Manual and Automaton testing, not on how to get rid of manual testing.