Critical Side of Software Testing
The software industry is continuously evolving with a fast pitch. There’s nothing such as bulletproof in the software development domain. There’s a list of procedures and stages a software product or app goes through in its development life-cycle. Every process has its own consequences and fortunes. But the risk factor is always present in the software development life-cycle, no matter how much effort and energy are incorporated by the teams and management. It’s never easy to start a business in a software development domain because it demands some extensive efforts, skills, knowledge, expertise, and a special set of tools to cope up efficiently with the end-users rapidly changing expectations and market standards. The absence of any of these elements in a business can sum up to be a great cause of failure, later on.
With the surge in the use of modern devices like tablets and mobile devices, software testers find it challenging to cope up with the app quality standards in their testing procedures. But surprisingly reality of these challenges that software testing sometimes faces is because of the non-technical issues or concerns mainly. But that’s not absolute to say that there are no technical issues. Technical issues like defects left untreated, bad codes, poor test management, etc. can be easily tracked and tackled with the use of appropriate software testing tools and keen attention. But the non-technical ones like communication gaps, blame games are hard to deal with. These types of issues demand sometimes conflict management strategies by the management. And hence overall software project has to suffer if the issues are not being foresighted by the authorities.
Concerning this alarming situation of software testing criticalities, this article will be discussing some of the issues that will provide our readers with an insight into the critical side of software testing.
Experts vs Novice Testers – For sure a business to grow, it has to hire more human resources. Although hiring senior or expert software testers is the ideal decision of software development firms. But sometimes budget constraints take place and business owners have to give a chance to new grads in the same domain to do wonders. That’s when organizations decide to have a mix of both expert software testers and novice testers. And the problem begins to initiate. Undoubtedly, it’s difficult to manage multiple tasks at a time, and when it’s more challenging when an expert software tester has to provide every single detail to its junior tester along with other tasks as well. It will start creating a fuss between team members.
But this situation can be handled by providing one-time training sessions to junior staff hired so that after the completion of their training period, less amount of time and effort will be required from expert tester to surf on them while indulging them in the testing projects. The learning process will become easy for novice testers and they can then be involved in the testing tasks.
Lack of an appropriate set of software testing tools – If your team has no proper access to the use of appropriate testing tools or you have not yet introduced the use of tools to your team and relying merely upon manual testing, then your worst time is about to start. Without using tools you have to forget about the efficiency and effectiveness of your software testing project. Why? Because tools are a great source to make a process productive. Your tester’s life of detecting bugs, managing test cases can be made easy.
For this purpose, you need to be very careful when you select a tool from the market. The tool you select must align with your testing requirements.
Type of testing to carry out – It’s greatly important for you as a software development business owner, to decide the testing approach that will best be able to achieve your testing goals and objectives. If your goal of conducting software testing is to provide a secure product that can not be easily hacked by cybercriminals, then the use of penetration testing or ethical hacking is good to go. Similarly, if you want your coding to be free of errors and vulnerabilities you must acquire code review services. Therefore, by this, we mean to provide you an understanding that every stage of software development life-cycle and every single software project requires different types of testing to be conducted. So beware when you plan to conduct software testing for your software project.
Ray is a Marketing Consultant at Software Development Lead. He loves to write tech-related news, articles, specifically quality assurance and information security. Apart from his techie appearance, he enjoys soccer, reading mysteries, and spending long hours working over at the New York office.