So let’s see, what are the pros and cons of manual testing to understand if it’s going to be right for your business.
Pros of Manual Testing
1. Identifying tricky bugs and usability issues
2. Can be implemented by any team member
3. Great for when you’re just getting started
Manual testing has many benefits, which is why it should not be completely eliminated even if you decide to switch to automated testing. While testing from the user’s perspective, you can find bugs and usability issues that would never be discovered during automated testing. Because the consumer’s behavior is often unpredictable, having a tester acting as a user and exploring tricky bugs and issues is always a good idea. Computers yield the human mind when it comes to curiosity, and this should be taken into account. At least for now!
Testing can be implemented by anyone in the company, whether it’s a QA, Project Manager or Product Owner. If you’re just getting started on testing the new product, this is the best time for manual testing. The most important part here is making sure you implement testing properly and document the process and outcomes.
Cons of Manual Testing
1. It’s time-consuming
2. Mundane and repetitive tasks are prone to human error
3. Lack of complete platform coverage
While manual testing is perfect for finding tricky bugs, there are some drawbacks to it either. Any company doing manual testing is risking not meeting the deadlines and consequently their business goals. Manual testing might be time-consuming since it’s done by a person sitting in front of the website or application and clicking around. Also because you should do one by one, meaning that you cannot run multiple tests at once, it will definitely take a while.