Industry Wisdom

Automation cannot replace Manual Testing | But Manual-only Testers are Obsolete

Recruiter: Looking for a ‘Lead QA Developer’. No Manual Tester please…

Tester: This isn’t cool. It’s ambiguous. Only Automation won’t ensure Quality. Automation cannot replace Manual Testing.

Cut the crap! Whatever be the debate but still Manual testers are finding it hard to stay relevant in today’s job market. Why? A simple argument – ‘Manual Testing’ & ‘Manual Testers’ are two separate entities. Agree that ‘Manual Testing is NOT dead’, and it never will. But what about Manual Testers? I know it might sound strange at first 😉 but if you think it through – it’s a valid argument. Organizations don’t want Testers with just automation skills, and they don’t want testers with just exploratory skills. Organizations are looking for employees who have both, and that expertise can be utilized in either situation.

As a Tester, we need to understand that our role has changed to include diverse skill sets. It’s not like ‘Manual Testing is dead’ – but organizations now want the best of both worlds. That’s when you grow as a professional in terms of career growth & financial goals. Keep an eye on industry trends and don’t defend it by the excuse ‘Automation won’t ever replace Manual Testing’. Understand – Exploratory Testing debate is different from expected skill-sets in the current hiring market.

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Manual Testing is Not Dead but Manual Testers are

Alex Siminiuc | Automation Trainer at Selenium Training Vancouver

One thing is for sure.

Even if manual testers will continue to exist, their numbers will be much lower. Many hybrid automation developer/testers will show up. So, less pure manual testers in general.

For the remaining ones, some of their money will go to the bank accounts of the testers/developers who can do automation.

This is not based on opinion or what I like to see but the job market.

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Shiva kumar – Scrum Master – QA | Mobile Application tester at IDrive Software India Pvt Ltd

Many companies shortlisting only automation tester and hiring but down the line they all are working on manual. Automation testing is valid only to shortlist profile and to crack the interview that’s it. In reality it’s manual. Testers are learning automation because their profile is not getting shortlisted not because they want to explore product by doing automation. Companies should also understand whether automation is required or not if required then how much % required. Quality is not done by automation only Regression can be done.

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Puneet Khanna | Intuit|Myntra| HARMAN(acquired by Samsung)

A tester without understanding how the system was coded and designed , cannot test the non functional.

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Rajkamal C | Senior QA – Manual

It is really unfortunate that today’s QA requisite has a very big hype for AUTOMATION QA. In reality MANUAL QA plays vital role in delivering quality products. Almost 80-90% is MANUAL QA. Automation QA is planned for REGRESSION QA. (That too for limited test cases). First of all I don’t agree that name AUTOMATION TESTER, it should be AUTOMATION SCRIPTER. Because their primary role is to automate the test cases prepared by Manual tester. I strongly recommend that automation should should not be mixed with manual QA. Many of you may disagree as you can state that anybody can do Manual QA. But I tell you MANUAL QA is an ART, it is priceless when you get with age (experience).

I kindly ask the people who tells that current modern age needs HYBRID TESTERS(AUTOMATION & MANUAL QA). Can you ask the same for development as well? Like HTML-5 with C knowledge etc. No you won’t. Because you are pretty sure that productivity will be high if you are focused  with 1 technology. Then why on the QA part?

It is not that manual QA is doing in their comfort zone. Check on the reality grounds:  they are the ones who is extremely focused on the QA part irrespective of time and the number of builds they work on even during the final releases. So think+.

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Krishnadhar Mellacheruvu | Lead Testing

Whether you do exploratory testing(“test design and test execution at the same time”) or scripted testing(“predefined test procedures, whether manual or automated”) at the end testing is what is required be it in any way or format.

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Mahattam Tomar | Devops Engineer

True, the way technology is improving these days. No one want the people who never want to extend their limits. It could be with anyone like tester or developer who says i can write code only in C.

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Nishit Dey | Qa- Automation Test Analyst (QTP / UFT)

In today’s market scenario, Manual Testing Openings are very less. Manual testing are done by the Automated Tester as well, this is one of the reason, Manual testing job is scare. As a Automation tester, Even we are involved in designing the Test cases for Manual and Automation both. What is the advantage of this you may ask? Simple reason. As a automation team, I need a POC before going for Automation, since I know the functionality and the working of the application, during automation script I know what can be automated.

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