WHAT IS TESTING?
Software Testing is a kind of method to check whether the actual software product is matching the expected requirements or not. It is done to ensure that the software product is free from any sort of defects. It involves the execution of software or system components by the usage of manual or automated tools to assess one or more properties of interest. The purpose behind doing software testing is to indentify occuring errors, filling out gaps or recognising missing requirements in contrast to actual requirements. It is also known as White Box Testing and Black Box Testing, but, in more simpler terms, it means the Verification of Application Under Test (AUT).
WHY SOFTWARE TESTING IS IMPORTANT?
It is important because if there are any bugs, errors or gaps in the software program, then it could be identified early-stage and can be solved before delivering the software product. Accurately checked and tested software product assures reliability, security and high performance which further results in effectiveness and efficiency and often leads to great customer satisfaction. Removing software bugs at later stage could be quite expensive and even dangerous, hence it’s important to check it out before any further damage and unnecessary expenses.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF SOFTWARE TESTING?
Following are the benefits of using software testing:
(1) CUSTOMER SATISFACTION : The services are aimed for the customers and because of them the business is running and growing. Therefore, customer satisfaction is very important criteria. Proper and accurate software testing can guarantee that your product is valuable and reliable, which leads to utter customer satisfaction.
(2) COST-EFFECTIVE : As we mentioned earlier in the importance of software testing that it’s better to check bugs and errors at earlier stage and Testing any IT project at right time helps in saving the money for the long term. In case if any bugs are caught on the right time of software testing, it costs less to fix as compared to fixing and expending later.
(3) PRODUCT QUALITY : Another important benefit of doing software testing is that it ensures a quality product to be delivered to customers. Higher the quality, higher the customer satisfaction and hence, higher the pay. More important point is that, higher quality products not only satisfies the customer and earns you amazing profits but it builds your goodwill and brand value in the market too, thing which is important for any organisation in the long run.
(4) SECURITY : Nowadays Security is the topmost priority of anyone from the field where its easy to corrupt it. Therefore, before handing over the final product to the consumer, it’s the prime duty and responsibility of the producer to check their work. Software testing makes it easier to examine and inspect because people are looking for more trusted products and it helps in removing problems and risks earlier.
(5) PROFITABLE : Offering a precisely tested and quality assured product means having huge respect for your clients, which helps in preserving old customers and procuring new ones. The testing phase not only bring profit, but it cut down existing expenses too. Therefore, it brings you profit by maintaining your reputation in the market and satisfying customers deeply by providing them wholesome user experience.
SKILLS REQUIRED TO BECOME A SOFTWARE TESTER :
NON-TECHNICAL SKILLS :
(1) COMMUNICATION SKILLS : A good software tester must have fine verbal and non-verval communication skills. Testing artifacts such as test cases/plans, bug reports, test strategies, etc. created by the software tester should be easy to read, understand and grasp. In the case of bugs or any other occurring issue, dealing with the developers will require a shade of discreetness and diplomacy.
(2) ANALYTICAL SKILLS : A good software tester must have sharp and excellent Analytical skills. These skills helps in breaking up a more complex software system into smaller units to attain much better understanding and creation of test cases.
(3) CREATIVITY : People usually don’t view this as a field that requires much creative imagination, since the foundation of the field lays on technical subjects like math and science. On the contrary, thinking out of the box and initiating new ideas is what takes an average Application to a widely used sensation. Therefore, being Creative helps a good software tester with their work.
(4) GREAT ATTITUDE : Another non-technical skill a good software tester must possess is having a great sense of attitude. An attitude to detail orientation, willingness to learn, test to break and suggest process improvements. A great software tester should upgrade themselves with the changing and emerging technologies. Their attitude must reflect a certain degree of independence where they take ownership of the task allocated to them and complete it without much direct supervision.
(5) TIME MANAGEMENT & ORGANISATIONAL SKILLS : Few of the times, testing could be a demanding job especially during the release of code. A software tester must know how to manage the workload efficiently, how to exhibit managing time optimally, have high productivity and good organisational skills.
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