January 13, 2020

Human Testing better than Automation

Recently Ministry of Testing asked:

From a testing perspective, what are humans really good at?

Based on many years of testing, here are my four things that humans testing is good at. Automation is a great tool, but for these items, they are no match.

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Four Ways Human Testing is Better than Automation

Exploratory Testing - Looking for ways to break functionality is best done with human testing. People don’t always use the conventional path when using a website. Exploratory testing by humans can find unique bugs.

Debugging the route cause of a bug. Humans can use all sorts of methods to discover why a bug might happen. Humans can use the Chrome Console, log files and visual logic to better understand the root cause of a bug.

New Product/Feature Testing - It’s better to perform manual testing when a product/feature is new. The feature could go through numerous changes - so human testing would best to start before investing in automation time.

Third Party Tools Integration - Using third-party tools that require logins. There’s a chance that third-party companies could make changes that will break the automation flow. (Such as changing ids or layouts) Human testing can help bypass any complexity that third party websites have.

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