Defect tracking is a testing-critical strategy that QA engineers utilize to understand the loopholes in the product’s quality and what further improvements it requires to reach the desired results. Software testing has to be intuitive and vast, and thus it has to be logical and yields measureable results. That’s the reason why the success of SDLC greatly depends on accurate bug tracking. In this domain, a fine defect tracking tool is crucial in software testing activities to streamline bug reporting, while accelerating delivery silos.
Recently one of my LinkedIn discussion gained much traction. Although I don’t know the reason – may be it was uncommon OR way too common among testing enthusiasts. The post got reactions from the who-and-who of the QA world – ranging from Testers to Managers up to VP Products. So thought of sharing the insights to a larger audience via a blog post. In this article, we will look at the options available to a QA team if there are ‘way too many’ defects in the application. Here we go…
Sometimes systems crush. And when they crush, they become headline news. The past few years have seen a sharp increase in the number and severity of software glitches at major companies. These newsworthy software “fails” have a negative impact on customer satisfaction & public reputation. The aftermath of each new failure is frequently projected across the internet, and can follow businesses around for years. The results of a phenomenally simple software error can affect the life of millions of people in the most negative way. Let’s take a look at some of the top Software glitches of 2017 to serve as a reminder of just how important Software testing is.
Defect Leakage is natural. It’s common. If you build a software, bugs will be there. Similarly even if you Test a software, you cannot prove their absence. But we can do our best to eliminate maximum of them. Typically in most of the projects even if you complete functional testing (system testing) without any time & cost constraints, still UAT team (Business) manages to catch some more bugs. Any idea why? There has to be something missing in the system test coverage. What is it?
In software testing, it is most important to measure the quality, cost and effectiveness of the project and the processes. Without measuring these, project can’t be completed successfully. The goal of testing is to determine if the requirements are met. During the course of testing, we find defects, or instances where the software does not meet requirements. Hence, in the area of software testing metrics, there has been abundant work in analyzing defects via different Defect metrics.
The most important yet confused concept – Defect Severity and Priority. Additionally it is one of the most popular Software Testing interview question.
Emails and Excel are not enough to manage defects in a large project. For single source of truth and maintain consistency, we need a Bug Tracking Software.
Everything has a lifecycle – it’s the law of nature, a series of changes in form that an organism undergoes, returning to the starting state. Birth >> Infancy >> Childhood >> Teenage >> Adult >> Mature >> Old age >> Dead end. A ‘Defect’ in Software Testing also follows a pre-defined stage transitions from its identification till its closure. In Software Testing terms, we call it as ‘Defect Status transition’ or a ‘Defect Lifecycle’!