How to Get Rid of the Most Precarious Software Testing Traps?
Being a tester is never easy, especially when there are a number of obstacles and hurdles coming your way. In such a situation, it’s often difficult to make the best out of your capabilities and efficiency. Some of the traps like limited time, insufficient resources, etc. are common to every tester. However, a smart tester must be aware of such hurdles, pitfalls, traps, etc. and must be prepared to overcome them while performing software testing.
The hurdles faced by testers are almost the same over the years; however, there are different ways that have evolved to tackle them. Today, you can find plenty of ideas, tricks, and techniques to come out of such situations. Some of the critical challenges while performing software testing are mentioned below. In addition, some of the techniques that can be used to overcome them are also discussed.
Short on Ideas
It’s a common problem, especially in crunch projects where you need to come up with fresh ideas. However, one gets so exhausted that he/she fails to decide what needs to be tested next and how? This situation is often referred as ‘tester’s block syndrome’ where a tester fails to detect new bugs and defects.
You can try performing pair testing to create new ideas. In addition, Brute Cause Analysis (BCA) also proves to be helpful, where one can take a bug and the other can identify the areas where this bug can appear. You can also think of something ‘Out of the Box’.
Blank Regarding the Testing Goal
There are a few testers who often fail to identify the goal when a new project/functionality comes for testing. However, if one doesn’t understand initially, it might create trouble later in the planning and execution phase.
You must ask relevant question to clear all doubts before the project starts. Try sharing some brainstorming ideas with your team and consider their thoughts as well. Lastly, you can refer to the available documents related to your project before going ahead.
Missing an Obvious Bug
You can get yourself in huge embarrassment, if you fail to track an obvious bug. This situation can be faced by anyone, especially while testing checklist or religiously following the test cases.
At times it is required to think differently and stop blindly following the test case. Even if you are following the test case and test matrix, you must be smart enough to explore other areas other than your test case. For example, try looking for a flickering object, strange sound after you click a button, change in color of a button after you click it, and more.
Unconfident after Identifying a Bug
A bug or error can confuse a tester with something wrong that he might have done while testing a project. Without confidence, one can think the other way, and he/she fails to get the bug noted under his/her name.
You must trust yourself as a tester. If you are experienced, you must follow your instinct and report the issue to the development team. In addition, you can take a break and try starting fresh or get the scenario tested with fellow tester.
How to Assign Priorities
As the complexity of a project increases and deadline approaches, there comes a time where you need to decide on what to test and what to skip? The situation could be quite challenging, as you need to prioritize the testing.
First, identify critical and existing bugs. Get in touch with the developers to get more input on that and try reading manuals, docs, etc. related to the project. This will help you identify the things that are critical to end users. Further, pick a critical test item and get completely involved. In case it appears too tough, you can quit. This Dive In/Quit approach must be implemented until you have exhausted all your ideas.