Testing techniques plotted on a speed, value, environment axis

Exploratory and Automated testing: Using the right techniques in the wrong contexts

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Exploratory testing is about testing in an unpredictable context and therefore detecting unpredictable failures in our software. Automated testing is about testing in a predictable context and therefore detecting predictable failures. The mistake we make with automation is we try to apply it to the wrong context
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UI Automation, what is it good for? 

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TL;DR: What automation at the UI level does and doesn't give you. UPDATE: I originally wrote this back in March 2015, lost it in my drafts and found it again recently so thought I get it out there. Don’t agree then let me know in the comments. Automation…