First things first
As we all know, manual testing is the type of testing in which the tester is not assisted by an automation tool, but designs and executes tests in a manual form. Automation is in high demand nowadays, nonetheless manual testing is still an essential aspect of any testing strategy, since it’s best suitable for performing smoke, exploratory or ad hoc testing, especially when we get to test an unstable, unpredictable software build. Being a fact that automation is –at least today– impossible to do at 100%, manual testing will still be around for a while.
Although manual testing can be done with basic things like a computer, an office suite and good patience, special tools for the purpose exist in the market.
What a Manual Testing Tool is/does
Manual testing tools are software applications that can help us to better organize our work in terms of tasks, roles, design, execution, bug tracking/assigning, etc., within the context of a project/team. Some tools let us centralize virtually everything concerning a test plan. We can create test cases, test suites –and modify them too, assign a defect to a member of a team, or link it to an existing failed test case, create stories (grooming), generate metrics, export data via SQL, etc. Manual testing tools, in short, simplify our work by letting us organize it more clearly by centralizing it in a single tool, or helping us with the heavier, more extensive testing tasks.
What a Manual Testing Tool does not do (and therefore is not)
By a fact of design –and purpose, manual testing tools can’t assist us when we need to run massive iterations of test runs within a tight delivery deadline. Although we can perform unit or regression tests manually, manual testing requires a certain amount of personnel to do it adequately, therefore it is not exactly –or at least not always– budget-smart.
Manual testing tools have their own unique special place in a software testing project; however, they’re not precisely the strong horse in the productivity scheme. One of the very aspects of the nature of manual testing is being time consuming, so, in terms of budget and ROI, it’s always one of the most important things to consider when we’re about to start a project in which we think we’d like to implement manual testing.
That said, manual testing as well manual testing tools have yet a long stretch to walk before becoming obsolete.
The web evolves at an unrelenting pace, and so techniques and tools must keep up with the tech SoA.
- A SaaS delivery model.
- A no code/low code platform.
- A recording GUI which is ideal for playing back test scenarios.
- Test script maintenance and adaptation to UI changes while alerting the QA team, all via AI algorithms.
- Cross-browser compatibility, including mobile devices, integration with Slack, Jenkins, TestRail, etc.
- Built-in reporting –no third party tools.
We would recommend you to do a brief search online, avoid companies that do not have any pricing available and go with companies that are not simply tools, but have real humans and amazing customer success behind them, to support your QA Team.
We invite you to check these amazing customer stories:
- How Did Asoview Automate 200 Scenarios? ‘It Really Is a No-Code Testing Solution for Everyone!’
- Escaping the downward spiral of regression with Autify: from 40 hours of testing to zero using codeless test automation.
You can see other of our client’s success stories here: https://autify.com/why-autify
- Autify is positioned to become the leader in Automation Testing Tools.
- We got 10M in Series A in Oct 2021, and are growing super fast.
As said before, transparent pricing is key to our business philosophy.
At Autify we have different pricing options available in our plans: https://autify.com/pricing
- Small (Free Trial). Offers 400~ test runs per month, 30 days of monthly test runs on 1 workspace.
- Advance. Offers 1000~ test runs per month, 90~ days of monthly test runs on 1~ workspace.
- Enterprise. Offers Custom test runs per month, custom days of monthly test runs and 2~ workspaces.
All plans invariably offer unlimited testing of apps and number of users.