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what circumstances would you deviate from a script while doing manual testing ?
Here is a more detailed version of the question.
When you are testing a new feature, under what circumstances would you deviate from a script while performing manual testing?
Ideally, you should not be deviating from the scripted test cases. If you happen to find anything while testing the scripted test cases, you can always create another test case for it and open a defect for the issue you found.
I'd say deviating from a test script really depends on the situation and your test plan. Some companies (especially pharmaceuticals) don't allow any deviations whatsoever, whereas others have such vague scripts that deviating is somewhat of a norm.
Ideally, make sure you have clearly defined deviation guidelines and follow them. If the choice is up to you, I'd then start walking up the traceability matrix to try to see if it's a test script error or a software error before either deviating or filing an incident...