Software Testing? Why is this important to me?

Investing in a software testing process helps you save money for a longer period of time. When you start developing a new software product, you usually have less financial resources available, and you cannot risk the dissatisfaction of end-users. The introduction of a bad, not tested, software can cost you and your customers.

Also, it is very important to invest in a tool that will help you with test management. The tool must be precise and easy to use. In this way, you will increase team collaboration and efficiency.

The longer the software error remains undiscovered, the correction of the error can be more expensive and harder. So, the inclusion of the QA team during the product development process will reduce costs and long time periods in order to “eject” a quality software product.

The user experience plays a key role in the stage where the so-called “early adopters” are involved. Unfortunately, a software bug or incomplete functionality destroys the user’s security and reliability. Poor user experience often results in frustration and discontent. In addition, positive experience as a result of a precision-tested software product leads to satisfied users. Satisfied users broaden the enthusiasm in an oral way to other potential users – resulting in better sales.

Manual vs Automated Testing

Manual testing is when all tests are performed manually by QA engineers for the purpose of the problem found during the development of a software product.

In manual testing, the tester checks all the essential properties of the given software. In this process, the testers perform test cases and generate a test report without the help of any automation tools, but with the possible use of test management tools.

Zephyr (JIRA add-on) is a good tool because it contains a set of tools that allows us the speed and quality of tests, proper documentation, and an excellent overview of all the activities we need to achieve the agility of continuous testing.

In automated software testing, testers write code/scripts that automate the performance of tests. The testers use the appropriate tools to develop test scripts and validate the functionality of the software. The goal is to complete the test process in the shortest possible time.

Automated testing fully relies on predefined scripts that run automatically and compares the obtained with the expected results. All processes are run automatically, however, automation requires manual work to initially create test scripts.

Mobile App Testing

Very few business ventures today can be imagined to function without a mobile application.

Testing mobile applications allow businesses to develop scalable applications that can be accessed from different platforms. This development process requires the testing of functionality, usability, and consistency. It can be achieved both by manual and automated testing, and works best by combining both methods. Mobile applications are becoming more complex and there is a growing need for end-to-end tests. From the very beginning, downloading an application from a market, flawless work and providing the same user experience on different types of devices.

Mobile application testing methods can be classified into three main categories:

  • Cloud-based testing.
  • Testing using the simulator.
  • Testing using the device.

Each of the three listed categories has its advantages, such as the diversity and availability of devices on cloud-based systems, the low cost of using simulations, or the real experience in using physical devices. Of course, there are also shortcomings in any given approach, such as the high cost of using real devices, the unrealistic impression of the simulator, or the privacy issues of certain cloud-based systems.

Because of all this, we think that it is most important to be flexible and use a variety of methods that will cover one other disadvantage.

Importance of Test Case Management

In the Agile world, testing all possible permutations and combinations of tests is not possible. That’s why it is important for teams to prioritize risky parts before the product enters the market.

Working in the Scrum methodology solves all the important issues and conflicts. By holding meetings with stakeholders as well as within the team, the time is planned, and goals and priorities are set.

Proper test management allows us to understand how our development efforts result and ultimately show the measurable value of the investment in QA from the start of the investment process.

The test management tool can contribute to reducing duplication of data that traditionally occurs when requests, tests, and defects are stored as a non-transparent list of requests. The tool allows all of the business analysts, developers, and testers to have an equal view of the progress that has been made.

The success of the agile team is primarily based on cooperation between stakeholders. The test management tool ensures that developers and QA engineers are understood, and that different test assets are available for inspection at all times.

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