July 25, 2007

For Better or For Worse

Posted by Ben Simo

I just stumbled across a 1986 quote from then-president of now defunct Ashton-Tate. I think it has application to automation in software testing.

"A computer will not make a good manager out of a bad manager.

It makes a good manager better faster and a bad manager worse faster."

-Ed Esber

All software is automation. Therefore, all software testing involves some level of automation.

Automation has potential to do good or bad faster. And, faster is not necessarily better.

Let's be smart about how and what we automate.


1 Comment:

August 24, 2007  
Testing Geek wrote:

This was a nice analogy Ben, this might also explain why we find very passionate discussions on the value of automation.. for some people it has worked like gem and for some it has ended in shelfs without any practical usage..

~Geek - TestingGeek.com