Software testing has grown into an enormous field and now requires more standard procedure, greater attention, focused priority, and skills at the highest level. Dedicated teams and timelines are equally important and superior technology does not guarantee product reliability and market success in their absence. However, the most important is the human resource engaged in software testing. The software test team member should be well-qualified, well-trained, competent, and talented enough to avoid any blunder, even the slightest, that may have its impact on the entire process.
Mistakes, visible or done unwittingly, results in software defects and bugs which become pervasive in the application life cycle defeating the very purpose of software testing. The following are a few mistakes that need to be prevented and taken care of during the software testing process.
- No Dedicated Software Testing Expert
There lies a huge difference between the skills of a generalist and experts and this gap reaches unprecedented level in software testing, which is highly technology and skill oriented. Often software testing responsibility is entrusted to business analysts or developers ignoring the call for dedicated professionals. In such a scenario, the very nature of independent testing is compromised, as developers rush through the process. Business analysts lack the latest tool and technology empowered to detect semantic or syntactic bugs.
The call for fast market introduction and efforts to make up for the development delays may force software testing process to cut short and deliver the result fast. This could be a major mistake. Lack of sufficient time may result into half-hazard software testing that result in to serious performance and functional bottlenecks experienced by end user. Just having a deadline driven test is similar to no test.
- Rigid Focus on Specifications
A software testing is carried out according to certain predetermined specifications. But remaining completely focused on it irrespective of developer and end-user perspective may not help. It may lead to frictions between development and testing teams. Even when carrying simultaneous testing, give developers space to be innovative and do not needlessly drag his attention to rigid specifications. The biggest of the mistakes is completely sacrificing V nidel methodology for agile testing.
- Ignoring Across-the-Life-Cycle Traceability
Is it 100 percent coverage or not – the debate does not influence the software testing much. But if the coverage is not done objectively and scientifically, mistakes are common to notice. Software testing teams often fail to measure the coverage completely ignoring the two-way traceability, a vital parameter across the application life cycle.
Just validation or bug identification leaves many questions unanswered. When a defect is found, the causative factors cannot be ignored. In the absence of root cause analysis at the end of each pahse, it is not possible to cut down defects and their factorization.
The Way Out
ü Finding the defects and weeding it out is the primary responsibility of the software testing professional.
ü Independent testing assessment is a must.
ü Employ dedicated software testing experts.
ü Allow testing the maximum possible time frame. No Rush or push through.
ü Give priority to scientific and objective testing
ü Combine both agile and V nidel process to empower your software testing.
ü Match requirements with client, developer, and end-user perspective for a synthesized yet specified product.
ü Measure coverage through Test Management System.
ü Root Cause Analysis must follow every phase.