You can’t think of the future of software testing without asking yourself ‘is manual testing dying?’. In this article, we’ll compare the two main branches of testing: manual and automation, and leave the facts speak for themselves.

First of All, What Is/Isn’t testing?

Testing is not just “going into the product and finding bugs”. It’s about:

  1. Making sure that what got implemented is what is needed. 
  2. That the product respects the operating system rules (e.g. Don’t make an iOS app look like the Android UI).
  3. Reviewing the documentation before anything gets implemented, to find bugs the most cost-effective way (in documentation review).
  4. Understanding a complex product and being able to determine and find steps to reproduce bugs coming from real customer feedback.

Manual vs. Automation – Pros and Cons

For a clear understanding of manual and automation testing, let’s put them side by side:

Manual TestingAutomation Testing
More time-consuming.
Easier to implement.
Less time-consuming.
A lot more complex.
Less pricey.

At first. The longer the tests are run, the pricier they become.
More pricey.

But more profitable in the long run if there are a lot of repetitive tasks.
Higher risk of human error.
Can be more biased.
Can be more reliable and eradicate human error (if done by specialists).
No programming necessary.Programming is necessary. 
Good for the unknowns.Good at making sure the same functionality of the product remains functional.
More suitable for certain domains.
UX, where human experience is the focus 
UI, easy to evaluate components (color, size, button length, etc.) 
Better used for software test performance and stress testing.

So, Is Manual Testing Dying?

From our manual testers’ experience, exploring each corner of the product, step by step, in an organized way, leads to finding more bugs. Additionally, manual testing allows you to check the stories and find the needed & critical bugs from day one until the feature is ready.

However, our automation testers believe automation is not the right fit for a product that changes continuously. It takes time to write automation scripts and get results. See our take on automating the test execution!
In a nutshell, our answer to the question ‘is manual testing dying’ is that manual and automation testing should not overshadow each other but work in perfect harmony to ensure the best version a product could have.

NB: Check out these articles for a deeper understanding of manual and automation testing and to decide which version works best for you and your product.