Software Testing Services
A key area to focus on when considering a software testing company is its software testers. Today there exist two popular certifications, ISEB and ISTQB. Try and ensure that the software testers at least hold these certifications at the foundation level. Another factor concerning software testers is the amount of experience they have. Many software testing companies state that their testers have five years of I.T. experience. But reading between the lines means that they have five years of experience anywhere in the field of Information Technology. You should really ask the software testing company how many years of professional software testing experience they actually have.
Many software testing companies offer a wide range of software testing services. Caution should be used, though, as many of these companies will advertise these services but may not necessarily have the expertise to perform them. The types of software testing services that any professional company should offer are:
Test Case Creation
This top-rated service typically involves creating detailed test cases that can be used on the project under test. Due to their high quality can be re-used on future projects and form a high-quality test documentation asset. Good testers will accumulate all required information to produce the test cases, typically from design documentation, requirements, and developer interviews. Once the information has been analyzed, a software tester will create a sophisticated Excel spreadsheet that includes test cases, results sheets, environment setup, version details, etc. Clients are involved in every stage of test case development in the form of a test case review process.
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Typical software products today include large amounts of critical functionality and complex features; added to this significant time pressure to get the product released makes functional testing one of the most important stages of any software development. A software tester’s manual functional testing techniques have been proven to be highly effective at essentially determining whether or not the functionality actually works, or not. Versatile software testers can work from their own created test cases or use any pre-existing test cases you may already have. Good software testers readily use ad-hoc techniques when executing any tests to expand the test coverage. The aim during functional testing is to highlight any issues as early as possible so the developers can resolve them. This can obviously effectively reduce the development costs for your company.
To ensure your software meets the needs of the end-user; Usability Testing can be used. Not only will usability testing detect errors, but it will also detect navigational issues, language issues, workflow experience, etc. Good software testers put themselves into the mindset of the end-user and will report on the ‘look & feel of the software under test. Good software testers often build a set of test cases based on real end-user scenarios or business cases to ensure the software is tested similarly to how the real end-users will actually use the software. This type of software testing has been proven to increase the ROI of software developments by enhancing the end-user experience and potentially increasing product sales. As usability testing ensures that the end-user experience is appreciated, we perform this type of testing manually.
Regression testing is a surprisingly often overlooked area of software testing. This is often due to the assumption that when new functionality is working correctly, then the software is ready for release. However, more often than not, additional issues have been introduced that affect existing functionality. Software testers have the knowledge and experience to identify existing test cases that are suitable for regression. Regression test cases are commonly functional tests that are reused at regular intervals throughout the software development to ensure that the expected results remain consistent, thus providing confidence that nothing has been adversely affected by a change.
The end-user or customer typically drives acceptance testing. The customer normally executes acceptance test cases before accepting the product. But commonly, these test cases are also given to the software developers to ensure their product meets the level of acceptance before the end of development. Software testers can execute these test cases to highlight any issues to the development team as early as possible. Software testers can also derive expected acceptance test cases from customer requirements for you. On a smaller scale, our software testers can also derive smoke tests from acting as acceptance tests during stages of the software development life cycle.
System testing of software is testing conducted on a complete, integrated system to evaluate its compliance with its specified requirements. Good software testers treat System testing as an investigatory testing phase, where the focus is to have almost a destructive attitude and will aim to test the design and the behavior and even the believed expectations of the customer. Software testers will also be tested up to and beyond the bounds defined in the software requirements specification. This is the test that if a failure occurs, it is handled correctly by the software with as little impact on the customer as possible.
Commonly, while the software is being tested, a good software tester learns things that, together with experience and creativity, generate new good test cases to run. Good software testers consider exploratory testing to be an approach that can be applied to any test technique at any stage in the development process. Software testers adopt the exploratory approach during all stages of testing. However, many software test teams use the exploratory testing approach during the final stages of development to allow software testers to roam freely throughout the software focusing on areas of functionality that the software tester has a ‘gut feel’ where there may be issues. This approach can often detect defects that have previously not been considered in other ‘more formal’ areas of software testing.
Installation testing is a type of software testing that focuses on what customers will need to do to install and set up the new software successfully. The testing process may involve full, partial, or upgrades install/uninstall processes. Good software testers will typically perform installation testing when a compiled version of the code has reached the final stages of testing or pre-production environment, from which it may or may not progress into final production. By using virtual machines, software testers can replicate many different operating systems and environments to test the installation of the software fully.