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Is software testing getting easier or harder? Are testers using modern tools to speed up product release cycles or are they bogged down in manual processes?

To better understand the answers to these questions, Kobiton asked 150 testers in companies with at least 50 employees in various sectors.

It turns out software testers are relying on automation more than ever, driven by a desire to reduce testing costs and improve software quality and user experience.

For context, there are two types of software testing: manual and automated. Manual is still common, but it’s not ideal for repetitive testing, leading many testers to choose automation, which can speed up application development and performance. Namely, 40% of testers responding to Kobiton’s survey said their primary motivation for using automation was to improve the user experience.

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Software test automation has come a long way

“In a study we conducted two years ago, half of the testers we surveyed said their automation programs were relatively new, and 76% said they automate less than 50% of all tests,” said Kevin Lee, CEO of Kobiton. “Nearly 100% of testers in this year’s study use automation, showing how far the industry has come.”

Test managers also prioritize new hires with automation experience. Kobiton’s research found that automation experience is one of the top three skills managers care about.

And how is automation used? A plurality (34%) of Kobiton survey respondents said they use automation for an equal mix of regression testing and new features.

And that made them more efficient. Nearly half (47%) of survey respondents said manual testing takes 3-5 days before a release, while automated testing can do it in 3-6 hours.

Image credit: Kobiton.

“The desire to increase automation testing was the top priority indicated by testers responding to our 2022 survey. Automation is clearly the wave of the future,” Lee said.

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