testing blunders

5 Testing Blunders You Should Avoid

testing blundersUnprecedented and widespread software bugs and defects make testing a key component in the development life cycle aimed to ensure the app is defect-free before it is released. A never-ending procedure needed throughout the process of development, the testing phase is very challenging and QA companies still make mistakes to be avoided.

The following are major testing blunders IT companies run into nowadays.

  1. No dedicated QA team

Many IT startups today lack dedicated software testers. Testing there is often done by business analysts or developers. Given tight testing deadlines, such developers usually rush through the process of testing overlooking syntactic or semantic bugs as they only can be detected by QA specialists. Thus, having a dedicated and professional testing team is important.

  1. Inadequate testing time

Delays in such upstream phases as design and implementation can results in a reduced timeframe for testing. In order to manage the testing deadline, QA specialists rush through the procedure and get buggy software in the end. Thus, there’s a need to allocate sufficient time for testing as well as to re-plan the release if there’s a project delay.

  1. Testing after coding

To reduce up to 30% app defects, testers should start testing once they got a requirement. According to the agile methodology, rather than testing functions to face the programmer’s expectations, the requirements are fulfilled just as specified. They should flow in the development and testing teams in parallel, incorporating the Waterfall methodology.

  1. No traceability implementation

Though testers needn’t measure 100% coverage, still every measure should be done scientifically and objectively. However, many of testing firms still do not measure their coverage making just another mistake. Therefore, implementing a Test Management System and providing two–way traceability is vital.

  1. Lack of defect analysis

Only after testers have defined the defect root cause, can developers fix the problem. Root cause analysis helps to reduce the defects’ number in the upcoming app releases. It should be performed after every test phase rather than just at the release end.

Consider the above testing mistakes carefully to make sure you don’t make them.

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