Let’s start this by defining what Software Testing is. It is a process used to identify the correctness and quality of the computer software and runs applications under positive conditions by manual or automated means.
How the Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC) can help you build the impossible
As Software Testers, we have to find and prevent defects in software that may have been generated during development. We have to provide information about the software quality, make sure that the end result meets business and user requirements, and ensure that it satisfies all Business and System Requirement Specifications. A Software Testing process reviews specifications, functionality, and performance.
A well performed software testing process gains the confidence of your customers by providing them a high quality product. Software testing is so important on many different levels. The testing process is essential in ensuring that the application does not lead to any failures. It can also save money because it could be very expensive to correct potential failures in the future or in later stages of the project. Most significantly, delivering high quality apps and having proper software testing procedures are required to stay in the business.
How do you perform a proper software test? Well, there’s something called the Software Testing Life Cycle (STLC). This defines the steps or stages in software testing. It is important to point out that there is no fixed standard in STLC and it depends on many circumstances. However, these are the main and general stages of the STLC that are most commonly applied:
1. Requirement Analysis
The principal task in this phase is the Requirement Analysis. This includes identifying test conditions, creating the tests, evaluating the testability of the system requirements, designing the test environment set-up, and outlining the required infrastructure and tools.
2. Test Planning
At this phase, we have to determine the project scope and risk, and identify the testing objectives. Determining the test approach and implementing the test plan are also important tasks to perform. This is when the required resources and test environments are determined. All design tasks, test implementations and evaluations are also scheduled.
3. Test Development/Design
The test cases design starts at this phase. This is the time to create and write test suites for software testing. We have to deliver a Test Traceability Matrix and test cases.
4. Test Execution
During the test execution phase we take the test conditions into test cases and procedures. At this point of the process we have to run test suites and individual test cases following the stipulated test procedures. We also log the test execution outcome and record the identities and versions of the software under review. It is crucial to compare actual results with expected results because differences between those indicate discrepancies and incidents.
5. Test Closure
If you have reached this stage, the software has finally been delivered. It is essential to create a status report. This is the point to finalize and save all documentation, and evaluate how the testing process went. Take some time to analyze the learned lessons that could help for future releases and projects.
Do not let the software testing process be missed. It can make common apps into extraordinary apps. Thanks to our Quality Assurance team, we delivered top-notch apps and software every day. Our team consists of talented professionals who know how to perfectly apply and follow the STLC. That’s the reason we keep building the impossible.