5 Hacks to Ensure a Seamless and Efficient Software Testing Process

The process of effecting a program or application with the intent of finding software bugs is known as software testing. It is also the process of verifying that a software or application meets its technical and business requirements, and can also be termed quality assurance testing (or QA testing).

When such tests are carried out, stakeholders want to know if:

- The software is sufficiently usable

- It can be run and used in its intended environments

- It meets the design and development guidelines

- The software can perform its functions

- It meets the basic requirements of the stakeholders and

- It can respond correctly to all kinds of commands

The process can be a pretty tedious one, but there are some ways by which this can be achieved seamlessly and with little fuss. Below are the best practices any developer or tester can adopt:

1. Tools

The first thing you want to ensure is that you have the proper tools to carry out your testing. QA testing tools come in various forms depending on what you want to achieve with the testing. There are test management tools, load testing software, test automation efforts and every other kind of tool you can think of. Some of the tools you need are listed below.

i. Agile testing

ii. Load testing

iii. Mobile testing

iv. Test automation

v. Test management

vi. Usability testing

2. Have a good plan in place

One of the major challenges a tester might face is lack of adequate plan. There is a lot of process to carrying out a successful software testing. Test policies have to be implemented properly, the test scope has to be determined and then the process by which the scope will be carried out outlined, identify the objective of testing, determine the necessary resources needed to carry out the test, and schedule test analysis and design tasks.

3. Testing methodologies

Testing methodologies are approaches to testing. There is no formally recognized method precisely but some of the common ones are:

- Unit testing: this is testing software at the most basic, and it is usually carried out by developers.

- Acceptance testing: these are rudimentary tests that say whether or not a given design requires further testing.

- Functional testing: tests all of the functionalities contained within a particular product feature. This will handle all functionality contained in a feature like opening files, and taking care of errors within said functionality.

- System testing: this is testing that combines multiple features into an end to end process or scenario.

- Performance testing: tests the software’s performance characteristics.

- Security testing: this focuses on the software’s security and its capacity to protect users’ assets and privacy.

4. Execution

The execution of the software testing has to be flawless. From choosing the right tools to use, to ensuring the right process and methods are followed, software testing should be carried out meticulously. Human error should be eliminated as much as possible, and all unimportant or unnecessary aspects should be trimmed to ensure user satisfaction.

Adopt these “hacks” in your software testing process, and you’ll definitely have a seamless one.


Jimmy Rohampton is a freelance writer, blogger and business consultant from Southwest London. He travels the world and helps people master blogging and online marketing at HowToCreateABlog.org. Think you're interesting and he should know you? Say "Hi" to him at Jimmy@HowToCreateABlog.org

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