Correct two Common Misconceptions: End-to-End Test Automation is “Simple and Easy” or “Complex and Impossible”
There has always been a “Simple and Correct” solution, but few want to take it.
This article is one of the “IT Terminology Clarified” series.
The heading of this post is, “Are you looking for the sign ‘Simple and Right’?”.
Here I will share my thoughts.
The Fact: Most Test Automation Attempts Failed
“Based on my 17 years of experience in this field, I concur with the primary concept depicted in the image, which is that the majority of test automation endeavours tend to fail.” — Zhimin Zhan
Is End-to-End Test Automation Simple or Complex?
The answer depends on whom you ask. For the past 30 years, test automation vendors, such as HP, have marketed the concept of “Record/playback” and “Object Identification Utility”. Despite the fact that these approaches have been demonstrated to be ineffective, some vendors persist in using these methods.
In a typical software team, numerous software engineers and managers may consider “test automation” to be a straightforward task, despite the fact that no one has ever seen a successful implementation of test automation (i.e., the team solely relies on manual testing). As evidence of this, many job advertisements require applicants to have experience in “Creating a test…