The Insapience of Anti-Automationism – Context Driven Testing

Wow! That is a mouthful, but well worth reading in this great and stirring article on Context Driven Testing by Cem Kaner

This is an outstanding article on the DISTINCTIONS and False Dichotomies that need to be clarified and observed when planning and writing test cases: manual vs automated,  checking vs testing …. or ‘sapient’ (is this a new test term or is it an attempt to marketize a concept?)

“…According to the ?new doctrine?, only manual testing can be sapient. Automated tests are done by machines and machines are not sapient. Therefore, automated testing cannot be sapient. Therefore, if a tester is enthusiastic about sapient testing (whatever that is), automated testing probably won’t be of much interest to them.”


It also Invites ond, as Ron Jeffries puts it in the comments:   “…to look at the question from different angles, and the message that I get is that there is no bright line anywhere to be seen. That matches my deepest intuitions and gives me a kind of comfort.”