Penicillin is not for every illness. So does Test Automation — Part II

Sajitha Pathirana
5 min readMay 2, 2024

In our previous article, we discussed where automation is well-suited with some practical examples. Here in this article, let’s focus on discussing where automation will not be suitable and where human creativity, critical thinking, and analytical skills are best suited.

If you haven’t read the previous article where we discussed well-suited scenarios of test automation with some practical examples, please refer to the article from the below link.

https://medium.com/p/26156b1994a4/edit

Test Automation is not the only Penicillin for Every Context

In this article also, we will use the same e-commerce application to discuss the practical scenarios.

Early Development Stages: When the projects are in the very early stages with changing requirements, the application flows tend to change often making the circumstances hard to gain a proper return from the automation. This will lead to lots of maintenance overhead and waste of time.

Let’s take an example from our e-commerce application. In the early days of the development of the e-commerce application, the customer registration form undergoes lots of changes from adding new fields, removing certain fields, and changing the flow of navigation several times due to changes in the requirements. It was not an ideal time to think about test…

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Sajitha Pathirana

A Test automation enthusiast, passionate to help the teams to enhance their testing journey with his decade of experience in the field.