With Agile methodologies, software testing became an inseparable part of the development cycle. Testing is no longer aimed at catching bugs that cause inconsistencies with operation. Modern testing methodologies provide a bird-eye view on software functioning and compliance with business goals.
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Agile software testing methodologies encourage cross-functional collaboration, where software engineers write automated tests and UX designers take ownership of the end product. For example, UX designers validate the proper response of the system like popups and error messages, speed of interaction elements, consistency across different screens, and so on.
By bringing different expertise, you'll be able to step in the user's shoes and see a broader picture of system functioning, including proper user experience.
Release criteria are a set of rules that must be met to consider a release as successful. A development team and project stakeholders reach an agreement on the terms of a successful release and create a list of SMART requirements. The requirements must align with the project's goals, can be measured, and set a realistic bar for team members.
Since test automation methodologies were introduced, there were lots of myths created around them. For example, businesses would believe that automated testing helps reduce to zero manual testing, speed up release cycles, and become a silver bullet for software quality issues.
In fact, automated and manual testing serve different purposes. Automated tests can't replace manual tests completely. However, they can be used to save time when practicing large, repetitive sets of activities. Automated testing is a must in complex projects with long development cycles, implementation of CI/CI practices, and a limited amount of QA engineers. Manual testing is more time-consuming, but it enables development teams to test a website or an app from the user's perspective, check usability and UI issues, and the overall functioning of a system.
In reality, only a combination of these two types of testing helps development teams achieve high standards in terms of product functionality and usability, expand test coverage, and find bugs that were not detected automatically.
Prioritization of bugs impacts many factors, namely:
To build an efficient bug prioritization process, make sure you've included this activity in your project backlog, so your team doesn't skip or delay it. Another essential step is to come up with taxonomy items like features, affected areas, root causes, etc. To make a decision on what to fix first, devise a prioritization system. Opt for a scale based on severity, frequency, impact, or other attributes of bugs that is the most relevant to your project.
Testing documentation allows you to capture information about the functionality requirements, structure tests in advance, and flatten a learning curve for team newcomers.
There are three most popular test documentation formats:
The earlier you detect bugs, the fewer resources you'll spend on fixing them. Shift Left testing focuses on engaging QA engineers prior to critical stages in development. Such an approach helps you prevent defects rather than finding them.
In the Shift Left testing approach, QAs devise tests first. They're fully focused on the business goals and customer expectations, which in turn allows developers to develop software based on these tests and, therefore, meet the project requirements.
Check out our list of best practices for testing web applications and mobile apps that'll help you get rid of routine and repetitive processes: