Is your software testing operating as a roundabout or a crossing guard?
3 essential tips for software testing
Software testing is often seen as a crossing guard, slowing down or even stopping the SDLC. This shouldn’t be the case. If done properly, the SDLC should flow more like a roundabout. With a common goal in mind, your development team and testing team can enter, test, and deploy code in a seamless fashion. Here are three essentials you should be getting from your software testing team.
Software testers should be collaborative
There’s a mindset that software testings job is to break the developer’s code. Not only is this a terrible way to approach testing, but it creates a divide within the team. Developers and testers each have unique specialties and perspectives. Everyone involved in the SDLC needs to know their role and best practices to deliver a quality product. Just like with a roundabout you have to be aware of what the other drivers are doing so you can enter and exit the roundabout successfully.
Software testers should be shortening the feedback loop
Write it, test it, deliver it as quickly as possible. Software testers have to know when automation is appropriate. If a feature has already been tested, then there is no reason a person should retest that manually, a machine can do that. Automation allows for a consistent and immediate feedback loop similar to a roundabout. This provides confidence in the testing process for testers and developers alike. Thus increasing trust within the teams and expediting deployments.
Software testers should increase productivity, not delay it
Software testing should not be a crossing guard for your releases it can be a roundabout. If your teams are collaborating and the feedback loop between developer, tester and the customer has been shortened then you will see an increase in productivity. You will also see more deployments with better features.
With these 3 essentials of software testing, you will develop better software, have more collaboration to scale the development process, support innovation, and increase productivity.