Testing is one of the crucial stages of the whole Software development Lifecycle. As it is the final scrutiny before deployment of the software for end-users of the customers, so, maximum time is spent here. Now what happens is that the team of QA engineers spends lots of time testing the developed program through different numbers of tools which takes a lot of time. And this affects the release date of the software. So, Software Testing Company USA puts special emphasis on how the testing process can be made effective as well as efficient.
Testing comes at a stage where the software is all set to go live but all of us have to wait eagerly to see if the developed software passes all the tests positively. And then it takes another round of time to fix the bugs and errors which are found during tests and then to check if it is working well or not, re-testing is done. Because of this repetitive cycle of testing, rather than just being a stage of the software development lifecycle, it becomes the bottleneck that restricts the software to move to the next stage of deployment.
HOW NOT TO MAKE TESTING AS A BOTTLENECK OF THE SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT LIFECYCLE?
The answer is quite simple, which is to conduct fewer tests. Yes, why not? One should have trust on the whole process of testing, rather than just relying on the procedure of ‘testing’ for the success of the developed software. This means that if we trust the earlier stages of the software development then we will intend to conduct lesser and only valid tests.
The real reason behind running the different test cycles is fear. This is why we perform a “passing all the tests at the end” methodology because we are not confident that the efforts leading up to this point have resulted in a reliable, strong, and deployable software that does what we intended. We can definitely skip the prolonged test cycle, if the main thing which needs to be fixed is the ‘lack of trust’ and then we are all set to go ahead for the next procedure.
In the testing process, the process of testing is already started by the team of QA and the testers. Now, this seems to be more difficult than starting any project afresh. Even on a project which is already started, it is very much possible to find the right foot . So, one of the best ways to make the testing process more efficient is to address the complete cycle of software development. Thus, the focus should be on finding the underlying fear and then fixing it up there and then rather than hiding it and carrying it a long way throughout the cycle until it reaches the stage of testing.
FIXING THE ROOT ISSUES TO ACHIEVE THE TESTING EFFICIENCY:
Now, to make the process of testing more efficient and less time-consuming ,let’s look into some of the underlying problems which need to be resolved at that very stage:
a) Developer must have made some mistake
The testing is conducted as it is always in the back of the mind, it is always there that there might be a chance that the developer would have forgotten to add on the important feature of the software. We can put up a build system and then only test – or deploy – the results. Again, this means that we only test a build once, rather than several times per environment.
b) New Add feature not necessarily hamper the old structure of the software
The new feature should be very compatible with the old structure and features of the software, as per the client’s demand. So, it is often assumed that if we add on any new code to include the new feature of the software then it will hamper the old structure.
So, it is better to create and automate a regression test suite so that the build system can run it every time we check-in code. There’s no need to wait until the very end to discover that something has gone backward.
c) Deployment is not complete
The deployment process must not have been completed or it didn’t work well, this is the assumption that everyone holds. Now code gets into the QA in the same way it gets into the production, so, it is always said to have automated deployment .Now, rather than two, only one environment needs to be checked.
d) Multiple features at the end might break the software
more and more new features are added to the software to give the best experience to the end-users, by the time, the software development procedure comes to an end . QA is always worried if all these last-minute additions will affect the existing feature of the software and from the developer’s point of view, they try to add on whatever possible. Hence, to automatically increase the efficiency of testing, it is always suggested to minimize the test wherever possible.
The above points mention that the ‘lack of trust’ is the basic problem which needs to be resolved and automatically the number of tests will be reduced. ISo, rather than testing harder, it is suggested to ‘test smarter.. The repetitive tasks which way reduces the actual value of the testing and overall slows down the process. And in this way, the testing will not just remain a bottleneck but will become an efficient stage of the Software development lifecycle.
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