Basic and Advanced Software Testing: What Approach Serves Your Business Best?
When it comes to software development, there are a few things that can’t be compromised under any circumstances. Testing is one of them. Unfortunately, it can be overlooked due to the tight budget or time limits which will result in profit losses or even a complete market rejection. Customers usually don’t care how vendors test their software products. However, they do care about the outcome – they expect to receive a high-quality product that meets their requirements. Basic software testing services are usually included in the whole project delivery package. Still, sometimes standard testing isn’t enough to ensure all-embracing quality assurance of a particular product. In this case, it’s reasonable to apply advanced testing techniques. Let’s explore these techniques.
WHAT IS BASIC TESTING AND WHAT STEP ARE IMPORTANT?
There are a few types of checks that are indispensable to prevent blockers, as well as critical and major bugs of software. A standard testing procedure normally looks like this: if a bug is detected during any kind of testing, QA engineers make a bug report. After a bug is fixed, that piece of software has to be retested. It’s that simple.
The primary action QA engineers perform when they are assigned a project is called a requirement analysis. It is performed before development and is aimed at drawing the project manager’s attention to controversial issues in order to prevent some obvious bugs. In addition, this approach lets you reduce the project estimate.
When following Agile methodology, after each sprint (a software development iteration), the requirements are checked again. At this point of development, they are called User Stories. This kind of check is known as Acceptance Testing and is performed after each sprint.
The most frequent type of testing executed during the development is Smoke Testing, which checks if the product starts and all its major features work properly. It is performed after each build which is an executable software that can be used and tested.
Regression and Sanity Testings, which are performed regularly after each source code change. No matter how significant the change is whether it is adding features, fixing bugs, or migration to another OS), it shouldn’t affect the existing functionality. The main difference between Regression Testing and Sanity Testing is that the latter is a surface-level testing type and doesn’t require much time for performing.
The Visual Side of the Business
All the aforementioned are the testing types that are responsible for the functional side of a product. What about the visual one? GUI Testing is necessary to make sure that the screens of a product correspond to the approved mockups and wireframes. However, this might not provide a complete simulation because different browsers and operating systems may display the design differently.
Usability Testing is aimed at testing the product’s UX and making suggestions on the improvement of users’ interaction with the system. To make things work correctly, you can distinguish certain groups of users and perform Permission Testing. This helps ensure that the user experience of regular users differs from the administrator’s.
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