Software testing saves money – true or false*?
The first in a series of articles looking at the importance of software testing. When done correctly, software testing saves money – it is as simple as that. If this statement does not convince you then please read on to find out more…
Make your projects more cost-effective
The process of software testing determines whether or not a software product meets with expected requirements. It also ensures that the product is defect-free. Software testers use manual or automated tools to put software and / or system components through their paces. During testing, they evaluate one or more properties of interest.
The objective of software testing is to find errors, bugs or missing requirements when compared to the actual requirements. If you did not have testing in a software development project then you would miss any errors that existed. If those errors were then discovered by an end user, there would be a disastrous effect on both reputation and revenue.
The importance of Quality Assurance therefore cannot be ignored. Furthermore, testing early on in the software development lifecycle (SDLC) can save money.
The early bug-finder catches… more savings
If you discover any errors or bugs early on, then fixing them costs less. Therefore, we highly recommend that you adopt ‘early testing’. This ensures that defects are detected and eliminated in the early stages of SDLC. For example, this could be at the requirement gathering phase. The earlier you start testing, the lower the ‘re-work’ cost will be.
Testing strategy + planning and preparation are key
An obvious statement perhaps but many people either ignore it or do not place enough importance on it. At eTestware, our software testing experts fully embrace the planning and preparation phases of any project. Having a strategy is vital, as is having a unified objective and an understanding of the test subject. If you are thinking about ‘right sourcing’ / outsourcing your software testing, we’d be happy to help!
*True: Software testing saves money.