The creation of software, apps or websites is often very complex and costs a lot of money. This makes it all the more important that the software is carefully tested before delivery to the customer. Have a look at typical errors that occur during quality assurance testing.
1. No professional testers in use
Developers are also not immune from operational blindness. Someone who is under time pressure and has been working on a project for months simply does not notice certain mistakes. The external view of the software is an important building block in software testing. Professional testers who provide quality assurance consulting services know what is important and know typically error-prone areas.
2. No methodical planning
Often, software testing does not follow a planned methodological approach. At the end of the project, the application is tried out by individual employees, but there is no strategically planned concept or software that takes care of the error in a structured manner. If too many errors are found at this stage, the schedule may not be met.
3. Too little time
When projects become time-critical towards the end, you often cut when testing. The problem: Incompletely delivered software and its revision ultimately costs significantly more time and money than a properly carried out test phase.
4. Start too late
Often, companies only start testing after the software has been completed. However, some errors only arose because professional error management was not set up right from the beginning of development. If you involve testers here early, you can avoid further mistakes from the outset. This also applies above all to the early involvement of the crowd- i.e. normal users who will ultimately work with the software.
5. Forget the normal user
Anyone who has software tests carried out exclusively by professionals misses valuable information from the relevant target group. It is important that a professional examines the webshop or app for errors (see point 1). In the end, however, the “normal user” must find his way around the product. Whether this is the case can only be found out if you also have the software or the website tested by the targeted target group.
6. Neglect usability
Anyone who tests exclusively for mistakes will not succeed in the long term. An app, for example, will only be successful if the operation is intuitive and logical. It is expected to be error-free anyway. Successful test procedures therefore not only include pure troubleshooting, but also examine the user-friendliness in a very concrete and equal footing way.
7. Error analysis does not go deep enough
Every error has a cause. If you only fix it, it will reappear in one way or in another form in the next project. It is therefore also important to analyze how individual errors have occurred and how they can be avoided in the future.
8. Do not test all devices
Today’s variety of devices usually also uses many different operating systems and thus also browsers. A website that works perfectly on a desktop computer can cause big problems on a smartphone. In times when tablets, smartphones and other mobile devices are conquering the market, a successful software test must always be carried out for as many devices as possible in order to achieve meaningful results.
9. Underestimate consequences
What can faulty software actually lead to? From customer complaints, poor reviews, damage to the brand to legal problems, a test procedure should always include all perspectives of the company. The test is therefore not only relevant for developers, but also for almost all other business areas (sales, marketing, editing, etc.). Savarian.tech supports your company in test and error management including the creation of test specifications, definition and construction of test environments as well as in carrying out tests.
10. Internal tests can be too expensive
Some companies shy away from the cost of testing your software. Developer resources are rare and cost money, so testing internally often becomes too expensive. Companies that deliver their software tests to the crowd pay an average of 40 percent less. But this investment is worthwhile. A software error detected too late is often more expensive than fixing the errors early. This allows costs for software revisions to account for up to 41 percent of the total project costs.