Today, the user experience provided by a software application determines its popularity and profits. The user experience an app provides depends on its accessibility, functionality, performance, usability, and security across devices and platforms. Therefore, it becomes important for companies to focus on the quality and user experience of their applications throughout the software development life cycle.
Many companies today are implementing formal software testing strategies to launch high-quality software applications. In addition, many businesses today are testing software continuously and under actual user conditions.
However, some entrepreneurs still don’t realize the importance of testing in the software development life cycle, and the benefits of early and ongoing software testing. They are still skeptical about the benefits of software testing and believe some of the myths of software testing.
Decoding 7 Common Myths about Software Testing
1) Testing Improves Software Application Time to Market
When developing new software applications, companies look for ways to solve them by reducing time to market. QA professionals must invest time and effort in evaluating software quality under various conditions and according to specified requirements. That is why; many businesses believe that the software testing process improves a product’s time to market.
But every company has several options for testing its software in a complex way without increasing its marketing time. A business can easily reduce testing time by automating various test activities. Moreover, it can apply agile methodologies to seamlessly integrate coding and testing processes.
2) Testing Increases Software Development Costs
Companies should hire skilled testers and invest in powerful test automation tools to comprehensively evaluate software quality. That is why; many entrepreneurs believe that software testing increases software development costs significantly.
But companies can reduce software testing costs in a number of ways. It can choose open source and free test automation tools to reduce testing time and cost. In addition, software testing results will help businesses generate more revenue by launching high-quality software applications, while avoiding maintenance and correction costs.
3) Test Automation Makes Manual Testing Obsolete
Test automation tools help QA professionals to run and repeat tests without spending extra time and effort. Therefore, many companies are looking for ways to automate all testing activities. Employers often overlook the shortcomings of various test automation tools. They forget the simple fact that test automation tools lack the ability to imagine and make decisions.
Unlike human testers, test automation tools cannot accurately assess app usability and user experience. Today, software applications must provide optimal user experience to be popular and profitable. Therefore, companies should combine human testers and test automation tools to more accurately assess the quality of their software.
4) Complicated Testing Makes Perfect Apps
When testing software applications, testers perform various tests to evaluate accessibility, functionality, performance, usability, security, and user experience. They even identify and fix all the defects and performance issues in the software before it is released. The test results also help the company to decide whether the software meets all the pre-defined requirements.
However, the user experience provided by the application may differ according to the user’s conditions and environment. The tester cannot identify all the bugs or defects in the application despite performing and repeating many tests. Therefore, businesses should be prepared to address any bugs or issues found in the app once it’s released.
5) Developers are not required to Test Software
A company should deploy skilled QA professionals to get a thorough and effective quality assessment of its software. But it can always speed up the software testing process by getting programmers and testers to work together. Developers can further assess the quality of the application code by performing unit tests and integration tests during the coding process.
Likewise, they should perform sanity testing to ensure that the software functions according to the specified requirements. Agile methodologies further require companies to bring together software development and testing activities to deliver high-quality software applications. The project management approach requires businesses to continually test software by a team of programmers and testers.
6) Testing Process Starts after Software Development Process
The conventional waterfall model allows businesses to start the software testing process after completing the software development process. But conventional software testing models do not meet the requirements of complex and cross-platform software applications. A steady increase was noted in the number of companies switching from the waterfall model to agile and DevOps methodologies.
As mentioned earlier, agile methodologies require businesses to constantly test software, along with getting programmers and testers to work as a team. Likewise, DevOps requires businesses to unify the processes of software development, testing, and deployment. Therefore, testers are currently starting to test applications from the early phase of the software development cycle.
7) No Need to Deploy Skilled Software Testers
Many employers still believe that the only job of a testing professional is to find bugs or defects in an application. Don’t even think software testing requires skill and creativity. Misunderstandings often lead to businesses testing their software by random people. Companies can involve real users in the software testing process to more effectively assess application usability and user experience.
But it must use skilled testers to make the software evaluated under various conditions and user environment. Skilled testers understand how to identify defects and performance issues in software by creating multiple test scenarios. It even produces complex test results to ease the decision-making process.
Most of today’s companies want to generate more revenue by launching software applications that provide optimal user experience. Therefore, they implement a formal software QA testing strategy to launch applications without critical flaws or performance issues.
Likewise, many companies are even implementing agile or DevOps methodologies to evaluate applications throughout the software development lifecycle. An entrepreneur can always gather quantitative information and data from multiple sources to verify these common software testing myths and misconceptions.