Software testing tips
The world of software testing is a very complex one. There are many different software testing types and numerous approaches that can be taken. eTestware’s testing experts are well-versed in all of these and have vast experience between them. Today then, we offer some of their top software testing tips to help you improve your own efforts.
Implement a software testing culture
For eTestware, testing is everything. It is the most important aspect of any technology project. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that any project that does not include testing is destined to fail. So then, it makes sense for us to have a culture that is based around software testing. This is not the case for most other organisations, however. Many ignore the benefits of testing completely – to their detriment.
Others give it some regard, although only as an element within the final development phase. On the contrary, quality assurance (QA) is something that should be involved at every stage. Testing must be integrated as a regular and ongoing element in the development process.
Organisation is absolutely vital when it comes to QA. There is much communication required when preparing an effective software testing environment. You must ensure you have a method to store this information. If you do not, then you may well miss important details that could save hours of your time.
Nowadays, people communicate via multiple mediums. It is easier then for messages to be missed, something that even happens with email. So, embrace organisation and implement a solid structure in which to store all of the important project details and documents. This should be one area that is accessible by all involved in the project.
Documentation is key
Documents are a critical element within any project. Whether it be writing test cases or reports, clarity is a must. The former plays an important role within the software testing process. Testers must be able to rely wholly upon the information in a test case. If it is clear then the testing team can work with increased efficiency.
Try to avoid creating long test cases; the more steps there are, the higher the chances of a team member failing to execute a task become. The optimal length of a test case is generally between 3-8 steps.
Similarly, where reports are concerned then it is important to be detailed and clear. A bug report should be written in a style that others are able to understand easily. The more detail you include the better, as this tends to eliminate guesswork. That being said, however, it is important not to write too much. Only include what is absolutely necessary.
Software testing tips
We have included 3 key tips in this article, which when followed, should increase the efficiency of any project. Software testing is filled with complexities. Testers need to be incredibly thoughtful in their approach. They must check, re-check and then re-check everything again and again. We leave you here with a few more tips but in the months ahead, we’ll focus on more.
- Constantly question yourself; what is your objective? Is your methodology the best to achieve this objective?
- Stay positive; flaws will always be found and then communicating those flaws can be a difficult process. Psychology definitely plays a key role in the life of any software tester.
- Do not start with testing; if you are looking at an app, for example, play with the app at first. When you understand the app, your testing will be more efficient.
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