I want my team to move away from manual testing as much as possible. As part of that I want us to automate around 1000 manual testcases. Some of these tests are for legacy features, which don’t even have dev owners. There is no one in the dev team who understands what these tests do and if we even need them. Many of these tests don’t even find bugs, but the release engineers expect the QA team to run these tests because this is what they were doing for a while.
I do not think blindly automating 1000 tests is the right thing. How to engage devs also to solve this? Any suggestions?