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Discussion on: Automated tests before reaching market - worth it or not?

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Beekey Cheung

I don't think you can ever have a blanket rule like this. "launch" can mean many things. If you're cranking out a 4 week MVP, then automated tests may not make sense because as others said: things can change a lot.

However, if your MVP simply has to be elaborate, then an automated test could help you during development before launch. Automated tests aren't just for ensuring users don't see bugs, they are for developers to save time.

Which leads to the last point: how quickly can you build those tests? Some kind of UI tests I can build in minutes. Some will take me days. The ones that take me minutes will most likely save me more time within a few weeks, maybe even a few days. The tests that take me days to build won't do that.