Using People to Test Applications to Ensure a Good User Experience
Manual Testing is the oldest and most stringent form of testing software products. As the name suggest, the products/components are tested for functionality without the use of an automated tool or script. Manual Testing involves the tester using all features of the application in the same way as an end user would to discover any unexpected behaviors or bugs in the system. The program is less susceptible to machine faults when test cases are executed manually.
Manual testing is a software testing process that adapts easily to changes and new challenges. Experienced testing professionals can quickly detect defect patterns and easily distinguish them from minor deviations.
Development of automated tests should start when it is necessary to run tests repeatedly to maintain the stability of the code.
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Why Manual Testing?
Manual testing may seem like a simple set of actions, but good manual testing is an interactive, exploratory process. We take a systematic approach when manually testing your software to maximize the number of defects found. We start by defining a testing strategy and then creating a test plan and detailed test cases so that no features of the application are missed. In order to check the software completely, one of our testers plays the role of the end user to test all the features of the software manually. By doing this, QA can make sure that the software is running correctly, and if not, what parts are defective. Different stages of manual software testing include unit testing, integration testing, system testing, and user acceptance testing. The difference between the actual and expected results are analyzed, compared and reported as defects. From these results, we can offer you advice and direction on how to achieve efficiently running software to answer your business needs.
Manual testing is appropriate for the entire testing process whereas automation testing should be focused on stabilized portions. Although test automation is a popular form of software testing, it is no substitute for manual testing. Your code always needs to be put through manual testing before it can be automated and some parts of a systems are not appropriate for automated test. So although testing can be automated in parts, manual testing will always remain a part of the software development lifecycle.
Manual testing is also the most effective method for User Interface Testing, User Acceptance Testing, Usability Testing, testing of Error Handling, Installation and Security.