What Is the Difference Between Manual and Automated Testing?
Good automated tests start with good manual tests. Manual Testing requires creativity, perseverance, pattern perception and exploration. Automated Testing requires repetition, speed and structure. Both methods of testing require attention to detail. Our diverse workforce is well-suited for both types, and we utilize the strengths of each individual in different areas.
Iterators performs Manual Testing with several different approaches, depending on your needs. We can execute test cases when available and are also proficient at structured exploratory testing techniques. Exploratory testing allows us to maximize the use of our creativity to delve into the areas perceived to have the greatest risk, or involve newly developed features. This is the basis for creating specific test cases for further manual testing, which can then be used as a foundation for automated testing.
Automated Testing is well-suited for our employees with STEM backgrounds who can create well-structured programs to perform robust tests that continue to work as new features are added. We use Selenium, Appium, Applitools and TestComplete. This provides you with the benefit of access to these tools without having to train your own team in all of the relevant best practices. We can also use our skills with additional tools that you may have in-house.
We use the MoSCoW approach to automation in which we work together to identify what Must be, Should be, Could be and Will be automated. This results in overall savings for regression tests by automating the relevant parts and leaving specific areas for manual regression tests.
Each project will be designed around a customized approach based on your needs. For example, one of our approaches is to use the Page Object methodology for Selenium tests, and integrate it with Applitools for performing sophisticated visual checks of websites. This can be used to verify that Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer, Microsoft Edge, etc. are all providing consistent displays of your website. We will also run these tests in parallel using the Cross-Browser Testing environment available with SmartBear. Using a combination of tests ensures better, glitch-free results for you and your customers.