Common Testing Snags

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  1. test coverage.
  2. It is not possible to test all conditions in an application system. Data design with valid, invalid data to cover normal processing operations adequately can be prepared. Techniques of boundary values, equivalence partitioning can be applied while preparing test data.

4. Uncontrolled Test Environment
The more the test environment resembles the final production environment, the more is the reliability of testing. Lack of such an environment will result in unpredictable results while in production.

How to tackle?

  1. 1Testing should take place in a controlled environment. It is therefore separated from the development or production environment. The ownership of test environment should be with the testing team and without their permission no change should happen in the environment.
  2. Measures can be taken up to set up the test environment in time and ensure that it is well managed; ie. The test environment should be sufficiently representative for the test to be performed that is, it should be closer to or the same as that of the production environment. It is necessary that the Test Manager or a coordinator manages deliveries from development team and is made responsible for the set up, version management, authorizations etc. If an independent test team is established, it will be ideal to have an independent configuration team also.

5. Testing as an Aftermath
Underestimation of the effort and resources required for testing results in starting testing activities at the fag end of the development cycle when it becomes difficult to fix the major bugs unearthed by the testers and also results in compromising on details in the test documents owing to time constraints.

How to tackle?
Test planning can be initiated as soon as the requirements are defined. Process of test execution in parallel with application development can be adopted.

6. Inadequate Test documentation
Inadequate/improper test documents (test plans, test specifications, defect reports etc) results in loss of time while analyzing what to be tested/re-tested and the related areas to be tested, which might in turn have an impact in the delivery or the quality of the product.

How to tackle?

  1. Adequate effort needs to be spent on documentation also, as test documentation is a very important task in all phases of testing.
  2. Care can be taken that all documents related to testing are prepared right from the beginning of the SDLC and updated continuously.

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