The main purpose of any business is to prevent the release of a poor-quality product. Even minor bugs and errors can result in substantial financial losses for the project. That's why it's crucial to develop and apply effective QA best practices and methodologies that involve various types of testing, test cases, and other testing QA activities.
Yet it comes to software testing — there is no magic bullet. Every testing project has a different set of goals and solutions. Even when you find the right team — they need the relevant tools, skill sets, and test strategy with organizational buy-in.
Mistakes in QA can have long-reaching consequences, and over the years, we've observed that some mistakes are more common than others, and knowing about them would help you avoid them.
Here are 3 of the most crucial mistakes in Software Quality Assurance and ways to avoid them:
- Testing only visible validation
Testers often fail to consider validations other than visible objects while testing applications. Instead, they stick to visual elements such as Buttons, Page Text, etc. Instead, testers should also focus on all aspects and ensure that all processes are completed (e.g., system integration test, load test, exception handling, etc.).
- Relying too much on Agile
The majority of testers assume that working in an Agile environment makes their products error-free. This misconception can lead to mistakes because the process cannot fully replace the expertise and precision that a dedicated testing and QA team could provide. You expect to be assured by the masters who follow internationally approved best practices when it comes to assurance.
- Inappropriate test cases
Another common yet crucial mistake appears when test engineers use irrelevant test cases or incomplete scenarios which do not explore all branches of the software capability. This can lead to serious compounding mistakes in application flow and functionalities.
Creating simple test cases and applying them in a single suite representing the application's full functionality and flow could help avoid this mistake.
Apart from the mistakes mentioned above, software testers should check the product for compliance with industry practices, acceptance criteria, and customer requirements during the QA process. The QA engineers should not look at quality assurance as a single phase in product development.
A professional and experienced QA team can choose the optimal approach and the most relevant tools to meet the requirements of a particular customer. This will lead to a seamless workflow and exceptional quality of the end product.
We are glad to share our experience and hope that our practice and tips will help you reach the desired result most shortly and avoid the most common mistakes.
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