Test Automation Myths: Building A Better Bug Trap

Test Automation Myths: Building A Better Bug Trap

Temptation (noun) – the desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise.

Most of the formation on this page will be unpopular. It might even seem controversial to some. All of this is definitely debatable, but I believe is very important to present to organizations in creating realistic expectations.

Myth #1 Automated Testing is Testing

Automated testing is not testing. Automated “tests” are better described as “comparisons against a known state”. True testing incorporates analysis that is not accomplished in most automation test suites. This is especially true at the UI level. UI automation usually only confirms that specific elements are visible or able to be interacted with by a user. It does not mean that the interface is intuitive or user-friendly. Another concern is that automated tests often do not take into account Web Content Accessibility Guide (WCAG) requirements which may be of importance depending on the circumstances.

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