What are the risks or disadvantages of using the testing tools?

Although there are many benefits that can be achieved by using tools to support testing activities, but there are also many risks that are associated with it when tool support for testing is introduced and used.

Risks include:

  • Unrealistic expectations from the tool: Unrealistic expectations may be one of the greatest risks to success with tools. The tools are just software and we all know that there are many problems associated with any kind of software. It is very important to have clear and realistic objectives for what the tool can do. [Read more…]

What are the advantages or benefits of using testing tools?

There are many benefits that can be gained by using tools to support testing. They are:

  • Reduction of repetitive work: Repetitive work is very boring if it is done manually. People tend to make mistakes when doing the same task over and over. Examples of this type of repetitive work include running regression tests, entering the same test data again and again (can be done by a test execution tool), checking against coding standards (which can be done by a static analysis tool) or creating a specific test database (which can be done by a test data preparation tool). [Read more…]