WIN #023: Seeking Approval for Test Automation? Look Inward, Not Outward


Dear Developer,

I wanted to touch base on a dilemma that I’ve noticed many developers, perhaps including you, grapple with frequently: the decision of whether to invest in test automation or not. It’s a decision that carries weight, both in terms of the development process and the end product.

All too often, I’ve observed developers seeking approval or guidance from Product Owners, Project Managers, or even clients regarding this investment. It’s natural to want affirmation, especially when resources are at stake. But there’s a broader perspective to consider.

When it comes to writing tests, particularly unit tests, the decision shouldn’t be relegated to those who may not fully grasp the intricacies and long-term benefits of test automation. Just as we wouldn’t consult them on every choice to write a class, a function, or a loop, the same principle applies to tests. These are tools and strategies that we, as developers, know are vital for the overall health and longevity of our code.

Unit tests – and in fact, all types of tests – are not mere ‘extras’. They are as integral as any part of your codebase. Their purpose is to ensure our applications run smoothly, efficiently, and without unforeseen hitches. Testing isn’t just a routine task; it’s a commitment to quality and the maintainability of our projects.

It’s understandable that when financial trade-offs arise, those outside the development sphere may be hesitant to see the intrinsic value of testing. They might perceive it as an additional expense rather than a crucial investment. However, it’s up to us, with our specialized knowledge and experience, to advocate for its importance.

So, the next time you find yourself questioning the need for test automation, remember not to solely rely on external opinions. Look inward, trust your expertise, and remember the broader benefits of thorough testing.

I wish you all the best in your coding endeavors.

Warm regards,


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