Top 6 most time-consuming parts of automation testing [Infographic]

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Top 6 most time-consuming parts of automation testing

Automation testing is important for a variety of reasons, from executing a wider range of tests on a more in-depth level to shortening release cycles. Yet many QA teams struggle with implementing test automation seamlessly, and are continuously looking to optimize their efforts.

One Reddit user who was particularly fed up with how long his automation testing was going asked the r/QualityAssurance subreddit, “What do you find to be the most consuming, tedious task that you would rather not do when doing automation testing?” Here are some of our favorite responses:

Top 6 most time-consuming parts of automation testing infographic

Source: Reddit

1. Too many meetings

Going to meetings is a large chunk of my time. If I have multiple things to test I find myself skipping meetings. Especially if it is a meeting to prep for another meeting.” – jamesgott

2. Test maintenance

“Debugging flaky tests.” – haxor5392

“Whenever large redesigns happen, it’s always going to be a little bit of a headache to fix breaking tests.” – dunderball

3. Manual testing

“Writing manual tests.” – partial_filth

“Writing thorough tests takes up a lot of my time.” – y_angelov

4. Finding and fixing bugs

“Trying to track down when or if a bug was in a release/build by installing various different builds or configs.” – partial_filth

“[D]ealing with reported issues. You [often] get little context, low percentage to reproduce the issue, and some issues can be a huge…time-waster, and in the end, isn’t worth fixing.” – dunderball

5. Cleaning the backlog

“‘Cleaning’ the backlog (menial task[s] like changing statuses and priorities) is a waste of time. Old issues need to just die and be left alone not be retested unless it’s high-priority.” – CowboysFan113

6. Dealing with automated testing issues reactively

“You can page-object and modularize the heck out of your tests, but it’s still going to be a bit of a pain to work things out. The best way to get around it is to work with the engineers early on and try to get ahead of it.” – dunderball

 

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