Importance of software testing

POSTED BY on Mar 13 under Uncategorized

In modern times when “Time to Market” (TTM) makes all the difference between a successful and failed product, it is very important that we keep the length of time it takes from a product being conceived until its being available for sale to as low as possible.
A common misconception out there in many people’s minds is that TTM is improved (shortened) by skipping steps of the development process, thus compromising quality. For those who use highly structured development processes, such as Six Sigma, product development is often viewed as a sequence of steps to be followed. Skipping a step, due to time pressure, for example, not only undercuts quality but can lengthen development if they must complete or repeat the step later.

One area that gets compromised in most software development projects is Software testing. Software testing is an investigation conducted by a individual or a group of technical experts to provide stakeholders with information about the quality of the product or service under test. It also provides an objective, independent view of the software to allow the business to appreciate and understand the risks of software implementation. There are several testing techniques including, but are not limited to, the process of executing a program or application with the intent of finding software defects or most commonly known as “Bugs”. It is a process of validating and verifying that a software application meets the business and technical requirements that guided its design and development and can be implemented with the same characteristics live for consumer consumption.

Testing Nightmares

Although software testing sounds elaborate and time consuming, it is actually not as bad as it sounds. If done right, it is usually 20 to 30% of the time it takes to develop the application – the key words here being “If done right”. Many companies that develop application software tend to compromise in this area due to several reasons, some popular ones being (a) the timeline for delivery is too short (b) Investors don’t have the money required for this process (c) Lets have the business people test what was developed. This is where many companies miss the boat. Testing is a very important activity in a software development life cycle that saves the development team’s rear end right before it is out there for people to consume. Once out there it is hard to retract back. It could make all the difference in getting your next round of funding for your company. Testing saves the company’s reputation from getting flushed down the toilet. There are several “Doh” moments that you wouldn’t have imagined you would have to deal with.

Please, please, please give as much importance to software testing as you do to come out with the coolest idea on a product development and launch.

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