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HOW SOFTWARE TESTING IS SLOWLY CHANGING THE DEVELOPMENT SCENARIO

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Currently, the Software Testing game has changed massively. Wondering how? The ability to automate testing frees your team to concentrate on the human element and raise the standards of user experience.

 

 

Which is why Cloud Testing platforms like Xamarin Test Cloud provide options that provide for more rigorous and automated quality checks than ever before.

These days, its more important for development teams to hire quality analysts who easily embrace the endless opportunities offered by this new arena of Software Testing.

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1. Don’t Neglect Your Responsibilities- Employ a Software Quality Assurance Team

 

 

Without testers committed to validating the logic and experience of the solution from the outset, the role will fall to your Project Managers and Business Analysts (or even your customers), who already have full plates. Fitting testing into an already full role will not help raise the quality of your project.

Testers must be absolutely dedicated to their work at the start of a project. Instead of managing the people or the procedure, they must concentrate on recognising the logical gaps in the development procedure to save themselves from any trouble at a later stage in the life cycle.
 

2. Avoid All Confusion. Define Your Test Process From The Beginning

 

 

Based on the type of project and the technical requirements etc, various types of tests must be used to assess quality. The different test processes should be well defined right from the beginning.

 

3. Story-Based Testing

 

 

 

The speciality about story-based test cases is that these are based on positive and negative user story scenarios. They are inclusive of the: steps and actions, expected result, type of execution (manual/automated), test importance (high, medium, low), sprint when the test case was added and browser execution (IE/ Fx/ Chrome/ Tablet). This extends to the operating system as well and can be used all through the Software Life Cycle.

In the case of this methodology of testing, the tests are categorized by their relative level of performance, ‘High’, ‘Medium’ and ‘Low’.

 

  • HIGH

This functionality is most important for the Software. In case it doesn’t turn out to be effective, the user will not be able to operate the system. A few examples include; logging into the system, forgetting the password and adding new enrollees.

 

  • MEDIUM

The tests that are classified as “medium”, check the functionality that is vital to users, but does not stop them from operating the system. Example: Filtering, Negative Scenarios and Edge Cases.

 

  • LOW

The Test cases in this particular category are given low priority. In this case, the functionality being tested rarely changes or is static, for example, The Contact Us Information.
 

4. SPRINT TESTING

 

 

The Sprint methodology checks the risks of coding on the basis of bug fixes and other user stories implemented during every sprint.

The methodology for Sprint Testing initially includes a thorough assessment of development changes. These tend to cater to the intricate details on how new development affects the surrounding functionality or whether the development will result in new alterations to the user interface. After getting a thorough understanding of development changes, testers recheck with the development team to further recharge the potentially affected areas.

Test Cases are chosen based on the above-mentioned determinations and are implemented during the sprint before code freeze. Do you know what the end goal is? The end goal remains to discover any potential bugs and loopholes during the sprint testing, giving importance to them and addressing them before code freeze.

 

Feature/Code Freeze

 

Feature and code freeze take place in the advanced stage of the Software Life Cycle. During this phase, no further changes will be made related to any of the new feature implementations. The features are usually frozen one sprint before the deployment to the production process. Even though, the length of the freeze period is dependant on the project difficulty and size. Adding new features till now until the release shows a dangerous risk for quality.

In a similar way, introducing new user stories at this period of time increases the risk of bringing into limelight the regression loopholes that your testers might miss out in a hurry.

During the feature freeze phase, the problem areas are retested and the regression testing begins. It is the best strategy from all the test cases to choose:

  • Frequently used functionality
     

  • Functionality that has shown innumerable bugs in the past

 

  • Complicated functions
     

  • Functionality that has altered several times during development


Test cases are then selected from the above criteria and executed before code freeze.

 

5. The Positive Impact Of Continuous Regression Testing

 

 

Regression Testing is one of the most critical Software Testing practices. It must be completed within the given time period depending on the availability of resources and budget.
The only available way to avoid the dreary nightmare scenario, a scenario in which various functionalities requiring weeks of work to remedy is discovered just a few days before deployment- is to keep assessing and fixing bugs all along. Automation helps this process and is especially effective to report on regression impact every day or every week.

 

6. Make It A Target To Finish Performance Testing Before The Production Release

 

Before you straightaway jump into testing, make it a point to define the success requirements and metrics. You must first set the Load Scenarios, define the scenario under test and the expected users engaging with each interaction.

The tests must be implemented in an exact copy of the production environment. After implementing the scenarios, check the results to make sure whether the system is failing or needs optimization. After that, make adjustments to the server or code as required.

 

Now you know how Software Testing has become the lifeline of Software Development. Being able to establish a stable balance between embracing the latest trending practices in Software Testing and relying on battle-tested methods is the secret to managing the Software Development Project cost while moving on to more efficient and comprehensive methods.

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