Introduction

It wouldn’t be wrong to say that all the software quality experts dream about delivering top quality software without rolling out a lot of defects. For that, they try to follow product quality metrics and QA best practices. Despite taking care of quality KPI, measuring testing metrics, and several performance metrics, they still fall for various defects.

In this blog post, you will learn the 5 most common software testing pits and their solutions.

     Inaccurate Schedule of Testing

     Inadequate Testing Mindset

     Missing Out on QA Lessons

     Unstable Testing Environment

     Lack of Communication

1. Inaccurate Schedule of Software Testing

Testing is a heck of a task that takes a lot of time and effort. It definitely has to be tough because it finds out inadequacies of the system under several scenarios and conditions. It’s quite evident from the years of software testing experience that testing must be done right from the beginning in a software development cycle.

We simply cannot keep testing in the later stage of the development cycle, as the errors would become uncontrollable at that point. Moreover, it will consume more time and budget to handle those bugs at later stages for good software quality.

Due to other urgency and the willingness to make clients happy with the progress of the software development process, quality assurance managers sometimes postpone testing. And in some of the cases when they find a time for testing, it’s commonly the very later stages of the development cycle. That’s not the only problem with such a practice, the bigger issue is that such postponing leaves very little time for testing. As a result, the testing is not done thoroughly no matter what software testing tools you may use. This all simply arises from the problem of inadequate scheduling of testing.

Solution

  • The quality assurance managers and software quality experts must make a room for testing while they schedule an entire software development project. Development and testing must go hand in hand without delaying either of the processes.
  • The right scheduling of software testing will help to give the appropriate amount of time to thoroughly lookout for inadequacies and vulnerabilities.

2. Inadequate Software Quality Testing Mindset

Software testing is often done with a mindset to find out the functionality of the system. However, it should rather be finding inadequacies or defects. Such a software quality management practice distracts the team members to focus more on flaws in the software. As a result, the testing is not done accurately or doesn’t serve its purpose.

Solution

  • The team lead has to condition the mindset of the testing team to focus more on dealing with the defects. Also, they should be given enough time so that they can perform testing thoroughly. The team needs to get rid of the mindset to prove that the software still works with the existing bugs.

3. Missing Out on Software Quality Related Learned Lessons

You can witness that most of the errors and problems repeatedly appear in different software projects. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that this problem is related to software quality management.

If the previously done mistakes are repeated again and again, you will have to pay the cost again and again. So to cut the cost down, we need to keep the learned lessons in mind and must avoid them in the future.

Solution

  • The solution to this problem is simple, but you need to have a focus on looking at this matter as a problem. It is the responsibility of the team to have proper documentation of the mistakes done and lessons learned or solutions to those mistakes.

4. Unstable Testing Environment and Insufficient Software Testing Tools

Software development and QA testing are tough tasks and become even more challenging with the changing requirements specifications. That’s when you hit a snag! With such a challenge in mind, developers make changes to the test environment. And that’s not enough, they have to deal with the newly added functions too.

Besides, another important aspect is that multiple testers are a part of the essential testing process and it obviously becomes extremely difficult to keep track of the changes. Consequently, QA testing teams miss out on the updates of all the changes made by different team members. As a result, the testing environment becomes unstable due to disorder in the application lifecycle.

Solution

Here’s what we need to do instead!

  • The project managers and the team-lead must collaborate with the entire team and develop a well-organized controlled testing environment. And for that, they need to work on documenting a clear description of all the changes made by all the team members.
  • Besides, it enhances software test effectiveness and saves a lot of time for the entire team as they won’t be needing to go back and further to look for testing requirements in a controlled environment. Also, the entire process can be streamlined and everyone will be aware of the next steps in the process.

5. Lack of Communication

Communication is the backbone of any organization and if it’s not done properly can lead to various problems. In this regard, quality software testing has no exception. In fact, the intensity of consequences faced by this sector is much stronger.

Many software development companies face a lack of communication either between the team-lead and the developers or the projects manager and clients.

Let’s have a look at why communication problems exist:

  • different working shifts
  • different time zones of clients and developers
  • multi-regional offices
  • language issues

The software quality is significantly affected by the communication problems and result in delayed product development and delivery or a bad quality product.

Solution

  • There’s a need to develop a strategy to encourage transparent communication. Everyone involved in the software testing process must be on the same page. The decision must be made with collaboration and everyone must be given a fair chance to participate.
  • The software quality experts need to arrange frequent meetings to discuss the status of the project and how to manage any changes asked by the clients.

Wrapping Up

In this blog post, you have gone through the most common software testing issues faced by most organizations. Also, we shared our thoughts on how to handles those problems and avoid having them in the future. These suggestions can help you follow the QA best practices and follow your software quality metrics to develop and deliver the best software product.

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