Unfortunately even organisations with mature automation capabilities are spending more time investigating automated test logs due to a disconnect between the original manual test case design and what was verified by the automated test.

The problem is generally amplified when there are two or more separate testing teams, i.e:

  1. The Test Analysts – Manual Testing Team/s (responsible for designing tests, executing them manually prior to assigning the tests for automation)
  2. The Test Engineers – Automated Testing team (developing the automated test, executing and supporting)

Automated testing should not alter or change your standards with test execution and reporting.  The team should not feel like automation is a mysterious process due to the lack of detail and confirmed test coverage against test steps designed by the Test Analyst.

It is recommended to be working off an integrated test management system where your automated tests are managed and reported within the same testing platform as what the rest of the team are using for manual testing. This means when you package a set of test cases for manual testing, for example your regression testing suite, both your manual testing team and automation solution will be testing and reporting from the same suite or package within your test management system.

Over time while you are building your automated tests your manual effort should be reduced eventually to your intended automation target, allowing the testing team to focus on test results and other tests and issues which haven’t been automated.

 

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