Software quality assurance is something that is often taken for granted in the fast-paced development today. Every software developer wants to finish and publish their projects as fast as possible so that they would get better return of investment.
Quality assurance is a must for software development projects whether it is for a mobile application or a desktop software. Even website applications or website themselves need to go through a rigorous QA process should the client want their product to be spotless on launch.
Some companies fail to do proper QA and testing on their software development projects because it takes too much effort, time, and resources. They cut corners in QA and the resulting product is usually worse for the company’s reputation since they would be getting a lot of negative feedback and comments from the public.
In addition, the developers would then have to take a long time to address the bugs that they have should have caught earlier on in the testing stage.
How Does Testing in QA Work?
Testing usually is split into two: manual and automatic. Manual testing is pretty straightforward; it involves QA analysts manually testing software to check for bugs. Many test cases are written and results are then recorded. Automatic testing uses software that is used for unit testing. It is often used in more repetitive tests that would otherwise consume too much time when done manually.
Manual testing can be hard and people might miss some crucial bugs completely if not done properly. Experienced QA engineers know how to execute proper manual testing and there are some of the industry’s best practices.
Execute Tests Even During Development Stage
Some QA departments or teams only do manual testing when the whole development stage is done. While this is possible for those who are saving resources, it is not always the best possible option. There are some major bugs that can be prevented from the get-go if the QA analysts catch them early on before the actual end of the development stage. Software developers and QA engineers should work together to plot out a schedule for testing at each interval of the development stage. It should be a part of the timeline itself.
Tests Should Be Written by Testers
In order to save more money, some companies just leave the QA to the developers and/or programmers. Technically, they can write the manual tests. However, that should not be the case. This is because they could write the tests with a bit of bias and that could influence the outcome. Some bugs may not be found because of the possible bias. In most cases, another pair of eyes is really needed to get the tests done properly.
Cover All Possible Test Cases
Manual testing can take a lot of time which means that the QA team might not actually take into consideration all of the possible test cases. However, that does not mean that the team should not try. QA engineers should always try to write for the maximum coverage as much as possible in order to capture most of the bugs.
Split Tests Into Smaller Ones
If there is a test case that is too huge, it can be wise to spit it into smaller parts. It can help save time and resources. If it takes time to properly cover every part of the test case, maybe it would be wise to break it into smaller chunks that can be tested over the development period.
Do Not Make Further Changes During the Testing
This should be a no-brainer. Changing stuff around during testing will only taint the test case results. There can be a lot of changes and those can change the results too, which leads to more time and resources wasted. QA analysts should test the application in a different testing environment and not within the active development environment itself. There should be a declared period of testing and this can be scheduled even while development is still taking place.
Customize Test Cases
There is no one-size fits all for testing software. Every bit of software is different even if they do have a lot of similarities. The test cases should be customized to each project in order to get the most out of the testing. They should also be customized to deal with a variety of devices and other situations that may arise.
Clients can Flexisource manual testing in order to take the load off of the developers. They do not have to hire full-time QA analysts as well which can lead to more money and time saved overall.
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