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Debunking Software Testing Myths

Some organizations avoid software testing due to the misconceptions associated with it. In simple words, testing is a process of ensuring high-quality software before it reaches the end-user. Most of the organizations avoiding testing have no disagreements with this statement. They argue that testing costs exceed the benefits that it brings to the table. Cost may not necessarily be financial. These arguments are often based on myths which, in this article, we will debunk a few of them one by one. Let’s not hinder our progress because of baseless myths.

 

Testing Expenditure is Unnecessary 

Organizations perceive testing to be an unnecessary waste of money. But the reality is that once done properly, testing can save more costs in the long-run than the costs it incurs. This is because testing done in the early stages of the SDLC detects flaws when they are easier to resolve as opposed to the detection of flaws after the product is finished or rolled out in the market which adds huge maintenance costs.

 

Testing takes a lot of Time

No, it doesn’t. Testing in the development stage is never a time-consuming process. It saves the time of the entire team by fixing issues at their earliest.

 

There Are No Bugs in the Tested Product

No matter how thoroughly your product has been tested, there is no guarantee that it will be perfect. There is always a risk that software products may have some sort of error or bug even if it has been tested by an experienced tester with excellent skills.

 

Software Testing Implies Clicking Randomly

If that was true, there would’ve been no software testing tools existing today. Testing is a well-defined approach that is followed to identify all possible bugs in the system. Clicking randomly cannot identify the bugs and errors appropriately.

 

Testing is All About Finding Bugs

Finding bugs indeed is one of the primary objectives of software testing tools but it is not the only objective. Several other areas are looked into in the testing process i.e. functional and non-functional requirements.

 

Using Test Automation Wherever Possible Helps Reduce Time

Undoubtedly, test automation saves time. But saying that it can be used at any stage of the SDLC is incorrect. Test automation should be started only when the product is tested manually and is stable. Using it even when the requirements keep on changing is incorrect.

 

Conclusion

The method of software testing has moved on and we all live in an era of frequently changing technology. Rather than avoiding the process of testing, we should focus on the increasing complexity of the apps which can further generate errors within software.

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Ray Parker is a senior marketing consultant with a knack for writing about the latest news in tech, quality assurance, software development, and testing. With a decade of experience working in the tech industry, Ray now dabbles out of his New York office.

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