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Both have their pros and cons, so let's analyze the differences to see which is the best option for your project.

Manual testing

Manual software testing is conducted through human interaction with the software. Testers follow a set of test cases to ensure that the software functions correctly and without errors. This process involves time and effort, as testers must repeat the same actions over and over.

Some advantages of manual testing include:

  1. High attention to detail from the tester.
  2. They are more flexible because they can adapt to changes in the software.
  3. Time and cost savings when it comes to exploratory and ad-hoc testing.
Automated testing

Automated software testing is performed using software tools like Selenium or Appium. It is faster and less prone to human errors than manual testing. These tools can simulate user interactions and verify that the software responds as expected with a high rate of interactions in less time.

The main disadvantage of automated testing is that if the software changes, the automated test scripts also need to change. Additionally, automation tools may not detect issues related to usability and software design, where human skill is necessary.

If you want to learn how to perform manual or automated software testing, you can easily do so with our training service. Alternatively, if you need to test your corporate application, feel free to contact us.

Which is the best option?

Depending on the specific project and its requirements, manual and automated testing have strengths and weaknesses. In general, manual testing is more effective for small projects or those where usability and design are particularly important. Automated testing is more effective for large, repetitive projects, where manual testing would consume too much time and resources. Ideally, defining a comprehensive testing plan that allows for a combination of both types of testing yields the best possible result for the product and achieves customer satisfaction.