Every other software (or product) development firm is facing a tough competition in getting new business. Millions are spent on the marketing strategy to lure customers into signing contracts. Every day new marketing ideas pop up, a new strategy is formulated, costs are brought down, processes are being automated, social media & optimization are being exploited, different tools like Marketing Cloud are implemented, and what not. Marketing has grown into a multi-million $ industry in order to bridge the gap between companies and the customers. In all this hunky-dory picture, we are neglecting the most effective marketing tool available to all. Let’s explore…
Purpose, noun, the reason for which something is done. Recently a discussion was started by one of the Testing co-blogger at LinkedIn “What drives Quality Assurance? What is the purpose of Software Testing?” A relevant discussion indeed. They say “If you’re not working with purpose, you’re doing it wrong.” This triggered me to put on the thinking hat and pen down my perspective of ‘Software Testing Goals’.
From the time I am blogging, it makes sense to me to pen down my sudden thoughts. Many a times you come up with an idea, memory, solution, problem, anything and it is lost since we don’t remember it in future. That’s when I started writing my sudden thoughts about Software Testing and guess what, the ‘Sudden Thoughts of a Software Tester’ is getting a lot of traction on my Social profiles. So thought of sharing it with you all. Here we go…
Today most of the organizations are moving or have already moved to agile development and testing. Or at least they think so. Sprints and daily stand-ups are common. Everybody is talking about Scrum & minimum viable product. We are tracking the team velocity & burndown. We have cut down on the documentation & invested in working software. Everyone is focused on customer satisfaction by accepting change. But wait a minute! This is too-happy a picture to be true.
Software Testing is a process of verifying and validating an application against the specified requirements, mostly functional requirements. The non-functional aspects of an application such as performance are considered only after functional. Testing a software for both functionality and performance becomes a value addition to its quality before its launch into the market.
Father’s day, a customary day for the celebration of fatherhood. Ever wondered who started the Software Testing practice? Or who is the pioneer of Software Quality? Who invented the Internet and the World Wide Web? Who wrote the first ever program? Who built the computer? Leave it all, who is the father of computing? On this Father’s day, let’s know about and thank the fathers of technologies shaping our present and the future!
Though the aspiration for being a successful IT professional is strong, we assume that the word ‘IT professional’ is synonymous with ‘Developer’. When a testing opportunity presents itself, there are many doubts in our minds and we often wonder if it’s the right career move or not. While being a developer is great and has immense potential, it should not be concluded that being a tester means the exact opposite. Let’s explore the reasons behind the perception – Software Testing is inferior to Development,
Quality – Why is this word so important for your software? Software teams today involve a number of people: developers, testers, support engineers, designers, product managers, and executive stake holders. A low quality software impacts all of these or in other words everyone in the team is responsible for the quality of software delivered. When we look into the overall effectiveness or cost manual testing still have a pivotal role to play. Unfortunately, very little discussion is only happening on how to improve efficiency of manual testing instead most of discussions are happening on how to increase the level of automation. Many of us would advocate the fact that Manual Testing is no longer needed, and I know it well why they think so. It is mostly because of the drawbacks and challenges associated with Manual Testing.
Requirements analysis is an important aspect of software testing. On many traditional projects, this was devoted solely to Business Analysts, who worked closely with their clients to build out a framework onto which development could be executed. With an effective agile project, Quality Assurance engineers should also be part of this phase who can provide significant value. The software code, doesn’t matter how well it’s written, can’t do anything if there are ambiguities in requirements. It’s better to catch the requirement ambiguities and fix them in early development life cycle. It’s a fairly well established theory that the later in the software development life-cycle an issue is discovered, the more expensive it is to fix, and that most often, this cost growth curve is exponential rather than linear. So it’s important to have requirement analysis and catch these incorrect requirements before design specifications.
What do you think should be the first script in our journey to learn Selenium Automation testing? Yeah! For any web-based testing, first & foremost you need to launch a browser and open the application URL. How? Let’s learn how to launch Chrome browser using Selenium Webdriver!
Software Testing Levels are the different stages that enable QA team to deliver a Quality Software; Unit > Component > Integration > System > Acceptance!
Continuing on our tryst with Bollywood’s Karan-Arjun, let’s read about some more important duos in the field of Software Testing!
What’s your strategy & approach to career development? Already planned it? Or still planning? You can surely utilize some industry-proven techniques, right? Similarly ‘Software Testing’ is also a process which involves strategy, approach, proper planning & using the best techniques. But before jumping on to these terminologies, first & foremost – Test Strategy & Test Plan are actual documents whereas Test Approach & Test Technique are conceptual. Test Strategy document will include your project’s particular Test Approach, apart from other details.