Best Practices in Software Testing

by

In my experience performing and managing QA processes on software development projects I have found that the most important thing you can do is accurately and effectively record your progress, issues and results.  Being thorough and well organized will save you not just from minor headaches down the road but from full blown migraines that can only be fixed with very expensive medicine.  That said the only way you are truly going to get the full desired value from your QA/Development process is to make sure you focus on a few key points:
1.  Traceability
This is the most important factor in running an efficient and effective QA/Development process.  The more traceability you have the more seamlessly you can manage and coordinate efforts.  You know you are on the right track when you can easily answer the following questions through a nice set of reports:
What percentage of your application was tested on each release?
What percentage of tests performed were passed vs. failed on each release?
How many known issues exist in the software and what is their level of severity? 
What is assigned to each developer?
What is designated to be fixed in each iteration and by whom? 
Which fixed issues (if any) have been recreated?
If you can’t answer these questions easily then you don’t have good traceability and you will end up wasting a lot of time.
2.   Fluidity
The more fluid the QA/Development process the more time you will save.  Each step in the process should be well organized to maximize efficiency.  This means putting rules and processes in place for concise and traceable bug tracking as well as clean and easy to perform test runs.
3.  Clarity
Your team all need to be on the same page with the same focus.  Setting expectations is very important; A 10 minute meeting each day or even a daily status email can do wonders to keeping your team on track and letting everyone know what they need to be doing.  But don’t let every 10 minute meeting spiral into a 2 hour conference.  These meetings should be a moment of clarity not a marathon of burden.

A good QA/Development process means faster production and a higher probability of finding and resolving issues before they reach the customer.  Having the right tools and processes for the job will make all the difference in improving your time lines and level of productivity.  So when setting up your QA/Development process be sure to think each step through in terms of traceability, time, fluidity and clarity.

READ MORE

Shifting Perspectives: 3 Learnings From a 3-Day Training

Shifting Perspectives: 3 Learnings From a 3-Day Training

About a week ago, I completed the second live (virtual) training in the process of becoming a Certified Professional Coach through iPEC. Once again, my mind was blown! It reinforced for me that virtual workshops can, and do, work, and, in a lot of ways, I prefer them...

read more
Finding My Work-Life Balance

Finding My Work-Life Balance

In my previous post, I told the story of how I got back into consulting after becoming a mom. All of the diverse experiences I had during that journey have helped me to find my work-life balance by… Defining Boundaries “Go home,” my first boss said 12 years back —...

read more
How I Got Back to Work After Being a Full-Time Mom

How I Got Back to Work After Being a Full-Time Mom

I Landed My Dream Job Throwback to 2014, I had completed my MBA, landed my dream job as a consultant, and was hoping that my new consulting career would exponentially ramp up my career growth for the next 5 years. This would position me to take on critical decision...

read more
Self-Awareness is Key to Belonging

Self-Awareness is Key to Belonging

In August of this year, as part of our annual company meeting, our team at Thought Ensemble participated in the foundational session of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) training led by Dr. Nika White, IOM, CDE (she/her/hers). One of the most meaningful moments...

read more
Finding Your Organization’s Magic Pixie Dust

Finding Your Organization’s Magic Pixie Dust

It is often said that organizational culture is like a fog — it is all around us; it impacts our ability to see, to move quickly, and to deliver; but we cannot quite put our finger on it. Indeed, some organizations see their culture as a byproduct of operations,...

read more
We’ve Refreshed Our Brand!

We’ve Refreshed Our Brand!

Why have we refreshed our brand, you ask? Well, as we have grown and matured as an organization, we felt that our previous brand elements no longer represented us as well as they could. You see, we founded Thought Ensemble back in 2008 to help companies better compete...

read more
Thought Ensemble’s Purpose — Inspired in 2020

Thought Ensemble’s Purpose — Inspired in 2020

I recently wrote about how company purpose is being tested and inspired by all the events of 2020. This topic is very real for us at Thought Ensemble. We’ve been thinking a lot about what really matters as we’ve navigated the...

read more
How 2020 Is Testing and Inspiring Corporate Purpose

How 2020 Is Testing and Inspiring Corporate Purpose

In August 2019, the Business Roundtable rewrote their statement of corporate purpose. I followed this with significant interest being that I have never forgotten the debates about corporate purpose in business school almost two decades ago. We were taught that the...

read more
Why Purpose-Driven Organizations May Struggle With Change

Why Purpose-Driven Organizations May Struggle With Change

I love working with companies who really want to make a difference, beyond just making money for their shareholders. I mean, making money is fun and all, but it is even more rewarding to join in on a just cause. Plus, as this HBR article explains, companies who have...

read more