I’m interested in how many in the community work for companies that don’t use much or any Automated testing and use primarily rely on manual/exploratory activity.
If so then what are the reasons you have
I suspect we are talking about only the final artifact checking activities, and not about any build-time and provisioning-time checks that are performed when we say “rely on manual testing”. Everyone uses some kind of tool and thus some kind of automation to compose/compile/build/deploy a product, but keen to know how many people do stop there too.
I have temporarily done this while office moves meant that the testing equipment could not be turned on and made to work, and found it exhausting but also a lot of fun for a few months. So I currently appreciate both sides of the art, because manual testing can and did flush out customer UX or workflow defects. I wonder who would plan to do this all of the time though?