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5 Ways to Make Your Software Testing More Efficient


Joseph Khan 2016-04-19

Software testing is an important step when developing software. Although some companies rely on their customers to detect bugs which then prompt software firms to release remedies later on, it's crucial to identify any problems beforehand. You can learn more about software bugs with this Techopedia guide.

Without any software tests, we would have errors in every single piece of computer software use each day. And this certainly wouldn't be productive for offices everywhere, would it?

Indeed, testing out software can be very trying since it requires constant experimentation, revisions, retests and updates. However, you can make this entire process a lot more efficient than it otherwise may already be. By employing the right methods, you can ensure that testing process are far more optimized and correct.

 Here are five ways to make your software testing a lot more efficient:

 

(1) Testers Involved at the Start

At many companies, management decides to have testers try out the software at the end of development. This is the wrong step to take. Instead, you should have testers participate right from the beginning of the development process. By doing this, you can have testers understand the application very well throughout the creation. It can also prevent any further delays and potential risks from the software. Testers testing from stage one is key to good software.

 

(2) Do You Have a Test Plan Ready?

So you don't already have a good test plan in place? Yikes! It's essential to have a very good test plan already written out by an experienced quality assurance manager. The test plan should include budgets, deadlines, schedules, objectives, risk identifications and the scope of testing. A plan in place will save a lot of time and help you reach your initial targets.

 

(3) Begin Testing Early & do it Often

We've agreed that you should test early. But now you have to take it one step further: you should test often. When you test early and often, you can avoid experiencing any defects in the early part of your software. No one is perfect, and it's easy to have a bug in software at any point.

 

(4) Five Metrics to Use

Today, we use metrics in everything. Digital marketers use metrics to find out if eyeballs are viewing a product. Writers use metrics to determine if their articles' specifications have met the needs of their editors. Merchants use metrics to know when their high traffic periods occur.

We all use metrics, and so should testers. The metrics for testing software should be measured, documented, reviewed and tracked. Most importantly, the metrics for software tests must evidently be adjusted for the ultimate goal in the end.

Here are the five metrics to use throughout the testing process:

(i) Quality

(ii) Resources

(iii) Rework

(iv) Schedule

(v) Size

 

(5) Writing Detailed Case Studies & Bug Reports

There are two types of reports you will be required to compose during the testing phase: case studies and bug reports.

The former is accomplished for detailed study of the application that can be easily understood by the developer and tester. The latter needs to have good and clear descriptions of the bugs to help the company not only create good software but also save on resources – be sure to use things like browser versions and login details in your reports to help quash any future problems.

Software testing allows the developers to find missing pieces or errors that may have transpired while coding. By rigorously testing early and often, you can reduce the rework time and concentrate on simply perfecting the software. Although it may seem like it's all testing and paperwork, there will still need to be actual communication between management and developers to highlight what's been going right and what's been going wrong. Many people find it helpful to consult with a professional software testing company, such as the Toronto-based QA Consultants, to ensure the testing process go swimmingly.

Here are five final tips you need to be aware of:

(i) Find the answer any and all questions.

(ii) Look at the full end-to-end flows.

(iii) Always consider the basics of software testing.

(iv) Regularly add comments after a test has been complete.

(v) Each day, quickly review all corrections, testing results and new codes.

 

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