LiudmylaPotyomkina QATestLab Program Manager Software development project: will just one testing type suffice? Wyn H Devonald Global Operations Director & Founder at Buitech
The necessity of software testing is now beyond all questions, but what testing types to apply for in order to meet quality standards? The number and choice of testing types depend on several parameters that can be divided into internal and external ones.
EXTERNAL PARAMETERS include target market and location, customer and end users’ needs and expectations, project budget, project deadline, level and type of risks. On the basis of external parameters, several internal ones can be specified.
INTERNAL PARAMETERS include software type, software requirements / project documentation, development model, available development resources, test objectives, QA team skills, and available testing infrastructure.
By specifying the most critical aspects of your software product, you will be able to single out relevant testing types and prioritize them to ensure the improvement of software quality and optimization of the project budget.
To ensure a correct realization of the requirements for system architecture and functional logic, they should be outlined and represented in a form of project specification.
A software development model determines what testing techniques will be more suitable in order to ensure theoptimization of workflow for both developers and testers. Planning of work stages and distribution of processes help to reduce time and costs.
Based on software requirements and the customer’s expectations, you are able to specify test objectives and get a clear vision of thescope of testing activities to be performed. Besides, the identified test objectives help to select appropriate QA strategies and techniques.
The choice of testing type depends on the competenceand experience of your QA team and available testing infrastructure including devices, tools, and frameworks.
Being a stumbling block for software quality, the project budget should always include testing budget to avoid additional expenses on the post-release fixing of detected bugs.
The analysis of potential risks at the QA stage helps to prevent difficulties and to smooth the processes. Risks may be connected with the lack of required testing equipment, QA team size, and test engineers’ competence.
By selecting a proper number and type of testing on the basis of end users / customers’ expectations, software specifics, project budget, and deadline, you provide the end users with a top-quality software product.