What is The Ultimate Goal and Key Objectives of Software Testing?
The world has hugely changed since the beginning of history. We evolutionized as a result of nature failures and mistakes, such as cataclysms, genetic mutations, natural selection. Well, mistakes made us who we are. These are mistakes that make us evolutionize, make progress in everything we do, especially in a tech field. But mistakes can also bring negative effects if they remain unaddressed. The fact is that we, humans, still keep being imperfect creatures and continue creating software products with bugs, no matter what time limits we have.
And it’s us, software testing professionals and QA specialists, who turn error-full software into ready to work, bug-free products which fill the needs of an end user and bring profit and revenue to their owner.
Serving as a bridge between users and development team of a product, the ultimate goal of software testing is to troubleshoot all the issues and bugs as well as control the quality of a resulted product. On the way to the ultimate goal of testing using manual and automated means, QA specialists are aimed to complete different objectives.
Here are five the most essential software testing objectives:
Bug Prevention. QA engineers prevent defects in a system at the earliest stage of development. The bug-prevention objective is superior to others and implies not only anticipation but also prevention of defects from recurring in the future. In the long run, bug prevention helps to shorten the product time to market, reduce the cost of software quality maintenance and increase the customer satisfaction and loyalty to your product.
Bug Detection. QA experts вetect and root out bugs and malfunctions before customers find them. It’s a short-term objective that requires a scrutinous approach which can be provided by manual software testing.
User Satisfaction. QA team make sure that the product satisfies the user requirements and works as desired. In the process of the software verification & validation, a tester usually writes a set of test cases which help to determine the software compliance with specific business and user requirements under positive and negative conditions.
For instance, our team establishes the set of tests to ensure the main functions and features cover different scenarios, work properly in a range of countries and locations.
Software quality and reliability. Keeping control of software quality and reliability. Keeping control of software quality means keeping bugs at a low level and making sure software is compatible. Software compatibility is the capability of a software or an app to work well with other hardware, software or network, including web, desktop, mobile platform types, all types of operating systems and web browsers, etc.
Recommendations. QA team provides suggestions for software improvements. A good software testing provider should not only tell the difference between the actual and expected result but also make suggestions on how to improve this or that software element performance from the user perspective.In particular, the team might recommend how to make the app more intuitive for customers as well as provide with simpler ways of software development.
Let`s see how your product may benefit more from software testing:
QA Boosts Customer Excellence
When QA engineers test a product, they are always in customer`s shoes. QA team tests if the design is aligned correctly, checks whether the interface is intuitive, and makes sure the functionality is flawless. Believe it or not, but customers will judge your business by the way it is presented online. Thorough testing delivers superior quality; that brings customers` loyalty and builds a strong brand image. Besides, slow and glitchy software impedes user experience. User-acceptance testing is crucial for a pre-launch phase. It ensures the system is available for correct use, checks if software supports user scenarios and overall product functionality. Such approach prevents 95% of issues clients would detect after the release. When you have your product scrupulously tested, users are more likely to recommend it to others.
QA Optimizes Testing Process
There is always a room for improvement in any project testing strategy. That is why QA team is aimed at analyzing post-implementation results and bug history to detect snags in current testing stages. Software tester would apply these changes in your strategy for future projects. The new polished strategy increases QA speed; the number of bugs in a post-release stage becomes significantly lower.
QA Saves Costs
Faulty software is not only about money wastes but also about the loss of client base. The longer a bug remains undetected in your software system, the more expensive and problematic it is to fix it.
In 2008, The System Sciences Institute at IBM published a report analyzing the ways to minimize web defects and lower development wastes. To fix a bug in the post-release stage costs 4-5 times higher than to eliminate defects during the design phase, according to IBM. In other words, as a bug makes its full cycle from the design to post-release stage, it gets more and more expensive. Therefore, quick error detection performed by a software testing company saves time and money after deploy.
Well, making mistakes is in our DNA code. It’s ok if your product suffers from bugs or malfunctions. But, keep in mind that the beauty of the mistake you make is in its early detection and elimination. QA Madness company provides any type of a full-lifecycle software testing solutions. It’s our goal to find them for you as early as possible.