I work for a company that employs over 30 manual testers. If we wanted to implement auotmation testing how many do you think we may need to have good results.
Projects vary from very small(an hour or two) to very large that are done in stages over an entire year. Every couple months about 80 projects or so go live. Many are small but certainly a lot of larger ones. (3 or 4 wk testing effort)
I know this is a very broad topic...just curious about other companies ratios of manual vs automation testers.
Re: number of automation testers vs manual testers
yep very broad and yes you won't get specific answers but the main things to consider are the complexity of the applications, the amount of times you may want to rereun them and how much you want to put in the regression pack. OK I'm going to take a total guess here but what you could probably have is about 6 automation guys and have the 5 manual testers send in scripts (manual) for the applications once they are completed that are candidates for automation. Now because the automation guy will probably automate a lot less than what the manual tester was doing and because it comes at a very late stage in the project (after functional testing and a robust application) having them help 5 testers may be a good ratio testers would also keep them occupied as some applications may not even require automation.
Please my get out of jail card was "I totally guessed" You can also guess too