Software QA testing

Importance Of Software Testing

Testing is the first step in determining the quality of software.

Testing = Checking + Exploring

Despite the fact that the role of software testing may seem insignificant and few of us ever even think about it, this is especially true for people who are new to software development. The testing process is an equally integral part of development and planning. Sooner or later, many organizations that develop software have come to the realization that they need to organize a quality assurance management system.

While testing was traditionally pushed to the end of the project, Agile places heavier importance on involving QA throughout a program’s lifecycle to build in quality. This means being able to think in terms of development and code, as well as ensuring that the cross functional operations flow smoothly.

The question now is how can a QA facilitate more test cases while still meeting Agile expectations? The answer here is automation and test management tools. Automation enables a QA to run necessary, often repetitious tests without having to manually execute them. This gives back considerable time to teams for other tasks like mitigating defects and ensuring that products are delivered with the highest quality possible.

Latest test management tools such as Selenium, TestComplete, Ranorex, Backstop Js, HP Unified Functional Testing (UFT), and IBM Rational Functional Tester help in solving several major problems:

  • It confirms that all the declared functional requirements have been implemented;

  • It gives confidence in the quality of the final product;

  • It confirms that the application has no errors in the code;

  • It verifies how the user can work with the application and ensures that the end product is easy to use and does not contain features that may mislead users;

  • It ensures that stored and processed data is protected from unauthorized access and hacking;

  • It confirms that the application is able to operate in all the required conditions and on all supported operating systems or web browsers correctly.

In short, automation testing will utilize your creativity to explore new ways to test a system, and you will spend less time as a tester and more time being the Quality Assurer, Quality Analyst and Quality Controller that your team needs.

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About the Author

Shivani Thakar, QA Engineer

With roots from India, beloved wife of a loving husband, Shivani is a hardworking mother of two gems. With profound understanding and interests in the world of software testing, she likes to learn about new technology everyday. Originally a Electronics and Telecommunication engineer, Shivani found deep interests in software and there was no looking back. Shivani is critical about her work and very ambitious to succeed. She is a foodie and loves to cook all possible cuisines that she can get her hand on (vegetarian) . She loves to organize fun parties, watch comedy movies and volunteer in children's activities.

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