Bringing Balance to Your Manual and Automated Testing


Balance is critical to all facets of life, and QA is no exception

According to VersionOne, 97% of software organizations now practice some form of agile development. However, three quarters of enterprises do not concurrently test code during sprints, causing bottlenecks in the release process.

As the adoption of agile grows, many companies have begun to invest in automation to fill the gaps; but, it still only accounts for a small portion of testing. For organizations to gain the most from their agile practice, they must find an ideal balance between manual and automated testing.

Watch our webinar featuring Applause Product Director Cathy Huang and General Engineering Manager Dean Vittum to discover the essential steps in mastering an automation strategy and how to keep up with the demands of agile development, saving you time and resources.


  • How to build a cost-effective QA strategy for agile development
  • The essential steps to get started with test automation and how to accelerate the process
  • When to use automation vs. manual testing and how to find the right balance
  • Agile best practices and pitfalls to avoid


Cathy Huang

Cathy Huang

Product DirectorApplause

As Product Director, Cathy focuses on driving product strategy and innovation for Applause. Prior to Applause, Cathy worked at Verb as Director of Product and at Amherst Holdings at Senior Project Manager. Cathy graduated from MIT with a degree in Management Science.

Dean Vittum

Dean Vittum

General Engineering ManagerApplause

Dean is the General Engineering Manager at Applause, working closely with prospects to review testing requirements and develop proposals that meet prospects’ needs. Prior to his time at Applause, Dean worked as a Senior Quality Assurance Manager for a number of companies in various high tech industries, building all aspects of the SDLC and QA teams. Dean brings more than 20 years of quality assurance experience to his role at Applause, and uses it to help QA professionals benefit from crowdtesting services.


Applause is the worldwide leader in enabling digital quality. With the Product Excellence Platform, Applause provides a harmonized approach to quality that drastically improves testing coverage, reduces costs and speeds time-to-market for websites, mobile apps, IoT and in-store experiences.