Case for software testing – 10 step process

Step 1: Build a software test environment

Build a software testing environment that closely approximates real-time scenarios. Sand boxing and other temporary resources can spike release costs, impact productivity and quality.  A dedicated environment is able to deliver service it results in faster provisioning of services with reduced capital outlays. Access to a range of tools optimizes cycle times. Cloud based transfers risks and tech costs ownership to service provider. This enables shift from Cap-Ex to Op-Ex model.

Step 2: Assemble a software testing team:

In order to ensure there is no compromise on quality and test coverage. Assemble a professional team of testers that is independent of the development team. Define clear workflows that do not overlap with operations of development team.  This ensures your product gets an independent, objective analysis of quality and testing status. Testing teams evaluate issues, manages risks, and negotiates with stakeholders.

Step 3: Assign Parallel tasks

Reduce the risk of delays by launching QA tasks early and in parallel with requirements gathering. This results in better design, documentation, traceability and detection of early defects. As a result, the defect leakage becomes less and more SMEs evolve and understand business and the product better. 

Step 4: Have design based thinking

Implement version control, cloud based open architecture, flexible database design, modular compliance and content management system (CMS). Involve Quality assurance team during the design process to include out of the box ideas and functionality.

Step 5: Perform manual testing

Conduct manual testing until the system is stable. Perform essential non functional testing process like stability, load and stress testing to ensure system will remain stable under outlier conditions. 

Step 6: Perform penetration testing

Perform Penetration testing to ensure the system is immune to attacks like SQL injection, denial of service etc. Proper penetration testing can ensure system,data security and privacy. 

Step 7: Emphasize automation testing

Emphasize automation software testing once build is stable. Regression testing is slow and costly when only manual testers are involved. Automating regression testing is the first step and the easiest way to quantify ROI. Access automation feasibility of other parts of the application and contrast the costs with manual testing. Build an automation test suit if it is feasible and necessary. 

Step 8: Define test metrics

Define test metrics like defect density, defect removal efficiency, defect leakage, defect priority, maintenance effort, ROI for automation and Cost of replacing existing software when product is at its retiring stage of life cycle. 

Step 9: Establish a TCOE (Test center of excellence)

Establish a TCOE (Test center of excellence) as a long-term goal to monitor defect metrics, audit traceability, investment costs and testing and development practices. This ensures long term approach to quality.

Step 10:  Implement Kaizen:

Continuous improvement by implementing a devOps team, better KPIs, efficient use of infrastructure, capacity planning, eliminating under and over utilization, service on-boarding and build-out, help desks etc.

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