Strategies for Smooth Software Testing

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Clients should clearly lay out new program specifications for the software developer, whether it is keeping track of employees’ work hours or storage or retrieval of customer data. The specifications should be signed off by both parties before any development work commences.

Once a program is done, it is the developer’s duty to ensure the software will be up and running smoothly via software testing. Here are a few guidelines for an efficient software testing:

Decide between automated and manual testing.

Software tests can be accomplished in two ways. Developers should assess which one will work best. If they are on a tight deadline, an automation testing will increase their chance of meeting that deadline. Another advantage of automated testing is that it’s more likely to produce accurate results and point out the defects.

Outline the goals

What do software developers hope to achieve with the test? Is it simply to find errors or flaws? Is it to identify key aspects to improve its user-friendliness? Is it both of these things? Software developers should clearly identify what their goals are so they can weigh the results once testing is done.

Ensure a reporting system for the test result is in place.

Ideally, even when using automated testing tools, software development managers should remember that the test is not a one-time thing. As such, it is pertinent to have reports of the test results every phase to see how far tests have come along.

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