The risks of not testing software properly
As software testers, the team at eTestware must mitigate risk. Without software testing, the chances of errors and bugs appearing in software and systems are very high. Similarly, with poor testing there can be issues which lead to stakeholder disapproval and bad user experiences. Today we look at some common risks of not testing software properly.
Common risks of poor software testing
The risks include rises in costs and delayed product launches. In that event, target users are dissatisfied which then results in the development of a negative brand reputation.
Software bugs must be identified and tackled at the earliest possible time. The longer they go undetected, the more costly it becomes to rectify them. Post-development fixes typically require longer working hours. Software downtime increases which then has a negative impact on the bottom line.
To launch a product smoothly and on time requires testing. The earlier the testing is completed the better – i.e. during the development phase. In-house software testing can be very useful but third party testing is the most effective method to identify and correct defects.
Software end users have certain expectations that must be met, from fast running speeds to high security levels. When bugs and defects affect these aspects, it can lead to a poor user experience (UX). This then generates negative feedback which can put potential users off. It is a fact that people are far more inclined to share their poor experiences rather than positive ones via reviews.
Negative brand equity
Even one poor review can have a devastating effect on your brand. When there are several, the brand as a whole can start to take on a negative look. Some brands are large enough to withstand ‘bad press’ but they would certainly look to avoid that in the first instance. Through testing, software companies and developers can effectively protect themselves. More importantly, they can position themselves far better to deliver a quality product.
Not testing or not testing software properly can lead to a swathe of issues. Don’t allow yourself to fall into what is an avoidable position. Engage in frequent and thorough software testing to ensure your products are of the highest quality.
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