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The economy in automated testing


Before leaving work today I had a small unofficial meeting with my collegues in how we should argue for a large investment in an inhouse project to automate testing. Managment listens to economic reasoning. We developers have a hunch it will be good.

Is this something you have been through, or was it natural for everyone involved to go for automated testing?

The arguments we collected are basically along these lines:

It is actually quite difficult to translate the above list into absolute savings in money. It is all very vague and word of mouth that it is a good approach. In the end it is all about optimizing the profit of the product.