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June 12, 20243 mins Read

By: Vuyiswa Mahlasela

Manual to Automation Testing – Tackling the Challenges

The shift from manual to automation testing has become a necessity for organisations to fast track their quality assurance processes. Yet, the transition has its challenges as there are different tools, methodologies and approaches to consider.

Common challenges when transitioning from manual to automation testing:

Skill Gap and Training: Usually in such cases testers have to learn new skills required for designing, implementing and maintaining automation test suites. Such skillsets include programming languages, scripting and test automation frameworks. The transition might not be an easy one and organisations would need to invest and be well prepared to provide the necessary resources and support to their team.

Automation Testing Tool Selection: Selecting the best suitable automation testing tool is important for a successful transition, however with the amount of available automation tools, it could be challenging to select the right tools and technologies. This would require extensive planning and evaluations.

Integrating with CI/CD pipeline: In an agile environment, it is a crucial step to integrate the automated tests effectively in the CI/CD (Continuous Integration & Continuous Deployment) pipeline. It calls for a stringent coordination between development, testing and delivery.

Cultural Resistance and Organisational Alignment: Resistance to change can be a major issue when trying to transition to automation testing. Testers may view automation as a threat to their roles. In this case, organisations need to foster a culture of continuous learning, communication, collaboration and ensure everyone is in alignment with the organisation’s vision and goals of transitioning into the automation space.

Delayed return on Investment: One major challenge when transitioning from manual to automation testing for organisations is the initial investment required. Implementing automation testing could require high costs for tools, training and infrastructure, while tangible benefits only appear after several years. This could make organisations become reluctant towards transitioning to automation testing, as this means they must endure a lengthy period before seeing the efficacy of investing in automation testing.

In Conclusion: Irrespective of the challenges, the benefits of transitioning to automation testing are profound but require proper planning and commitment. With the right support, mindset, resources and planned strategies, testers and organisation’s can navigate the transition seamlessly and by overcoming these challenges and embracing change, testers and organisation’s will not only enhance their current testing approaches but will also improve their software quality. Delivering high quality software that meets customer expectations efficiently.