Unless a software undergoes stringent quality tests, the process of software development is not finished. To ensure that the software meets the requirements mentioned in the specification document, it is essential to create some test cases which simulate how end-users will use the software and how well is it developed to cope with different pressure scenarios.
Due to the importance of the testing stage for quality and performance assurance, some steps to be strictly avoided are described below.
Steps to Avoid in Software Testing
Reporting without Investigation:
When testing a software, one should ensure that the team does not file a report when they find the first clue of a bug. Instead, they should first test the software for the bug in the testing environment to investigate the depth of the matter and then file the bug report.
Not Allowing Suggestions:
People are of the notion that a tester is only good enough to test a software. However, the truth is that even a tester can find a coding fault. Hence, they should also be given the chance to speak if they have a suggestion of changing the code to improve a software’s quality.
Dependency on Specification Document:
As much the specification document is considered the Bible of software development, it also limits the tester from initiating the test on his or her own premises. Hence, one should make sure that a tester is given due freedom to work freely and effectively.
Being Rigid on Tester Qualifications:
While qualifications do help form a positive impression about a tester’s capability, relying only on qualifications to find a tester may not be a wise decision. The best way to find a reliable tester is to judge him or her on their ability to write comprehensive bug reports, make deep investigation, and stay consistent. One can create two or three demo test cases to examine a tester’s abilities.
Limiting the Tester’s Access only to The Testing Phase:
Avoiding this mistake can lead to the completion of a software development project even before time. If a tester is given access to test the software or even gain knowledge about the frameworks followed, the type of coding done and other fundamentals of the software, he or she can bring their experience to the table and give suggestions which could simplify the elaborate process of software QA and testing.
Dependency on Automated Tools:
Software testing is best done when a combination of automated and manual processes is followed. Solely being dependent on automated tools might lead to inaccurate reports, and testing a software only using manual methods will make the testing activity a more time-consuming and hectic one.
Other than all these above-mentioned mistakes, one needs to make sure that a tester can think out of the box. If not all, at least one member in the team of testers should be not-so overcautious. Prompt decisions must be taken if a tester is not meeting the standards.