Top Seven Software Testing Myths

By Arun Kumar Biswal

Nowadays, the user experience delivered by a software application determines its popularity and profitability. The user experience delivered by an application depends on its accessibility, functionality, performance, usability, and security across various devices and platforms. Hence, it becomes essential for enterprises to focus on the quality and user experience of their applications throughout the software development lifecycle.

Many enterprises nowadays implement formal software testing strategy to launch a high quality software application. Also, many businesses nowadays test the software continuously and under real user conditions. But several entrepreneurs still do not realize the importance of testing in the software development lifecycle, and the benefits of testing the software early and continuously. They are still sceptical about the benefits of software testing and believe several software testing myths.

Decoding Seven Common Myths about Software Testing

1. Testing Increases a Software Application's Time to Market

While developing a new software application, enterprises explore ways to beat completion by reducing its time to market. The QA professionals have to invest both time and effort to evaluate the software's quality under varying conditions and according to predefined requirements. That is why; many businesses believe that the software testing process increases the product's time to market. But each enterprise has several options to get its software tested elaborately without increasing its time to market. A business can easily reduce testing time by automating various testing activities. Also, it can implement agile methodology to unify the coding and testing process seamlessly.

2. Testing Increases Software Development Cost

An enterprise has to deploy skilled testers and invest in robust test automation tools to evaluate the quality of the software comprehensively. That is why; many entrepreneurs believe that software testing increases software development cost significantly. But an enterprise can reduce software testing cost in a number of ways. It can opt for open source and free test automation tools to reduce both testing time and cost. Also, the software testing results will help the business to generate more revenue by launching a high quality software application, in addition to avoiding maintenance and correction cost.

3. Test Automation Makes Manual Testing Obsolete

The test automation tools help QA professionals to execute and repeat a variety of tests without putting extra time and effort. Hence, many enterprises explore ways to automate all testing activities. The entrepreneurs often ignore the shortcomings of various test automation tools. They forget the simple fact that test automation tools lack the capability to imagine and make decisions. Unlike human testers, the test automation tools cannot assess an application's usability and user experience precisely. Nowadays, a software application must deliver optimal user experience to become popular and profitable. Hence, an enterprise must combine human testers and test automation tools to assess the quality of its software more precisely.

4. Elaborate Testing Makes an Application Flawless

While testing a software application, testers perform a variety of tests to evaluate its accessibility, functionality, performance, usability, security, and user experience. They even identify and repair all defects and performance issues in the software before its release. The test results also help enterprises to decide if the software meets all predefined requirements. But the user experience delivered by an application may differ according to user conditions and environments. The testers cannot identify all bugs or defects in an application despite performing and repeating many tests. Hence, the business must be prepared to get the bugs or issues found in the application after its release.

5. Developers are not required to Test the Software

An enterprise must deploy skilled QA professionals to get the quality of its software assesses thoroughly and effectively. But it can always accelerate the software testing process by making the programmers and testers work together. The developers can further assess the quality of application code by performing unit testing and integration testing throughout the coding process. Likewise, they must perform sanity testing to ensure that the software is functioning according to predefined requirements. Agile methodology further requires enterprises to unify software development and testing activities to deliver high quality software applications. The project management approach requires businesses to test the software continuously by a team consisting both programmers and testers.

6. Testing Process Commences after Software Development Process

The conventional waterfall model allows business to start the software testing process after completing the software development process. But the conventional software testing model does not meet the requirements of complex and cross-platform software applications. A steady increase is being noted in the number of enterprises switching from waterfall models to agile methodology and DevOps. As mentioned earlier, agile methodology required businesses to test the software continuously, along with making the programmers and testers work as a single team. Likewise, DevOps requires businesses to unify software development, testing, and deployment processes. Hence, the testers nowadays start testing an application from the initial phase of the software development lifecycle.

7. No Need to Deploy Skilled Software Testers

Many entrepreneurs still believe that the only task of a testing professional is to find bugs or defects in an application. The even do not consider software testing requires skill and creativity. The misconception often makes businesses get their software tested by random people. An enterprise can involve real users in the software testing process to assess the application's usability and user experience more effectively. But it must deploy skilled testers to get the software evaluated under varying user conditions and environments. The skilled testers understand how to identify the defects and performance issues in the software by creating many test scenarios. The even produce elaborate test results to facilitate the decision making process.