Avoid 10 Worst Practices In Software Testing
Testing is performed to ensure the quality of the deliverables to the user. However, most companies not treating testing as part of their project. As a result, probably less effort into software testing than other parts of the project. It is essential to aware that underestimating the testing may lead to face several consequences. Particularly, putting less effort into testing than one should do will result in severe mistakes in the future. This blog walks through some worst practices in software testing that needs to avoid.
Worst Practices In Software Testing:
- Not Having Professional/Experienced Tester To Manage To Test: Still, it is possible to come across the organization where business analysts or developers do testing. Allowing developers to handle testing might increase the chance of missing the semantic/syntactic bugs detections. Testing software in all possible views requires the professional perspective of testers. Developers sometimes rush this phase to meet the project deadlines, which would result in bad code.
- Insufficient Time For Testing: In most organizations, the testing phase to rush to balance any delays from the upstream stages. The upstream phases of the design or implementation stages of the SDLC cause pressure, resulting in software with poor quality, to reach the “time-to-market” goal. They underestimate the consequence of compromising testing for a business reason.
- Not Determining The Root Cause: Testers not analyzing the bugs or defects determined in the testing to find the root cause. RCA (Root Cause Analysis) supports to minimize the defects in succeeding releases. Determining the defect’s root cause can enhance the competency to fix it that guarantees other related bugs don’t arise due to that certain root cause.
- Improper Mindset: Team mindset also influences to a certain extent in the performance of the testing. Software testing is a job that needs a designated person to be very meticulous. If the organization fails to create a bug-conscious culture by offering adequate resources, knowledge, and tools, it will affect the mindset of the testers resulting in less concentration on their dedicated work. This scenario will lead to more bugs that will slip via the cracks.
- Overlooking Unimportant Bugs: Just because a bug looks insignificant when it discover does not denote it must be dismissed quickly. It might potentially root to a larger problem, or may even be connected to another issue. Each and every bug found need further investigation regardless of big or small.
- Poor Bug Reporting: The job of testers involves more than testing functions. In addition to finding bugs as well as designing flaws, reporting those finds is an important work for the testers. Most of the bug reports are poor in quality. The bug reports are not supporting the developers and lacking essential information like a description of the priority of the bug, what went wrong, and more.At least a bug report should include the following details:👉Who did the test
👉Date of tests
👉Main data points applied in the testing
- Failure To Find High-Risk Areas: Undoubtedly, there will be areas that are riskier than other areas of the software. Those parts will need extra attention. Failing to determine high-risk areas will route to a myriad of wasted testing time. This will result in efforts misplaced and applied in areas, which don’t demand such scrutiny.
- Following A Blindfolded Approach: Some testers don’t do any planning and begin testing blindly. They are not understanding and even knowing what other testers are doing and what they are focusing on. These results lack awareness of the scenarios as well as the features they were missed out.
- Not Prepared With Required Tools Before Testing: Before beginning testing, testers do not check for the appropriate technologies and tools to mitigate bugs clearer and quicker. They are not checking the tools for taking screenshots, getting the logs, recording your screen, and add-ons for recording additional details to insert the bug reports. This will increase the likelihood of the bugs remains undetected.
- Not Examining The Requirements Thoroughly: The most costly and biggest mistake that testers do is not reading or analyzing the requirements. Failed to spend at least 5 minutes to read and understand the information and client requirements that would be helpful for testing, makes them spend more time on categorizing or prioritizing the threats. For example, after spending 30 to 60 minutes in the testing as well as logging bugs, they would mark certain bugs as out of scope or invalid. This is because they didn’t examine the requirements clearly or didn’t understand the exact requirement clearly.
Thorough testing is important for software quality assurance. Avoiding the worst practices in software testing can produce high-end software.