Did you know that only 40% of the developers do exploratory testing as per recent studies? Quality assurance is a vital step in the product and software lifecycle. Lapses in quality assurance can lead to significant problems after the software is launched. However, the field of software quality assurance is plagued with several myths about why it is needed and how long it should ideally take.
These myths often harm the expectations of the businesses developing their solutions. Irrespective of what it is – a mobile application, a web application, or a customized solution; you must not let some impractical expectations cause distress or software failure. This blog takes a detailed look at some of the most common myths associated with software quality assurance.
Software Quality Assurance Myths You Must Not Believe
- Development Team Should Write Code Without Bugs
While it is common for people from business backgrounds to say that there is no need for quality assurance if the “Development team would write the code without bugs”, there is a lot at play that makes it impossible. Factors including miscommunication, pressure, dependency on other teams, business model complexities, and missed changes can turn into errors that accumulate over time and need a testing phase to check and eradicate. These factors are unavoidable and thus, must be tested by a qualified tester.
- Testing Should Not Take a lot of Time
Even if you only get a button added to your website/application, or a recall function to your software, it is important to understand that testing does take time. For the developer, it may have only been a matter of a few minutes to add a few lines of code, but for the tester, it is necessary to understand the impact of this on the rest of the functionalities as well to ensure proper integration. In fact, testing should start from the early stages of development as it is very unlikely to improve the quality of the complete software in the end.
- Testing is Clicking at Random Functionalities
Most people assume that testing includes clicking on random functionalities and conducting a hit and trial test. The reality is far from it. It is important to explore the entire software’s UI and functionality with well-defined test phases to ensure that the system is integrated and works under exceptional cases as well.
- Testers Delay Project Delivery
Testing often gives a superficial impression that it drags the project unnecessarily. However, bugs, glitches, and wrong codes can increase the project timeline significantly. This can be avoided if you have a pre-planned test cycle.
- Automated Testing Can be Replaced by an Additional Tester
Businesses often think that automated testing is an unjustified expense that they may have to bear. Nevertheless, the truth is that automation in testing is invaluable, especially when implemented correctly. It is great for repeated and regression testing. But can it be replaced completely by an additional human tester? Not in all scenarios. The same is also true for replacing every human tester with automation.
Quality assurance is an inseparable part of the development cycle of every solution, and thus, myths like these should not find any solid ground in the reality of testing. With a specialized team of quality assurance specialists , SVAM International brings the expertise of close to 3 decades of developing specialized solutions for businesses of all scales and sizes. Book your consultation today.