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Best Practices for Enhancing Software Testing Efficiency: Part II

This is Part II of my series covering ways in which to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your software testing processes.  No matter what specific area of software testing you are involved in, the tips below should help optimize your efforts.  It also does not matter which certification you have (if any); whether you have your ISEB Foundation, ISEB Intermediate, ISEB Practitioner, ISTQB Foundation (CTFL) or even your ISTQB Advanced certification, the suggestions below will still apply.  So, without further ado, here is the list…

Delve into the Business Requirements

Although business requirements are closely tied to product development, testers should take the time to fully understand them so they can grasp the big picture and subsequently create more relevant test plans.   

Automate the Development of Test Cases

Developing test cases is typically done manually and hence is very time consuming, so the extent to which this can be automated will save both time and money.  There are several tools available depending on your industry; do some research and see what might be available for you.

Automate the Development of Testing Environments

Creating test environments is another time-consuming activity and hence is an opportunity for automation.  Luckily there are automated tools that can create the initial test environment, run test cases, capture the outcome, and then reconfigure the environment.  Again, do some research to determine what solution would work best in your situation.

Create a Partnership with Developers

If possible, it is helpful to team software testers and developers throughout the entire development process.   Although this approach will consume more testing resources in the early part of the process, the subsequent enabling of greater testing efficiencies should more than offset this. 

Use Statistical Testing

Statistical testing is a little different than software testing because it focuses on evaluating reliability as opposed to debugging.  Each method has a unique objective and the combination of the two helps to reduce gaps in the overall testing process.

Well, that concludes this week’s blog post.  I hope you found this list of software testing best practices to be helpful.  Of course, earning your ISEB or ISTQB certification will also help you be more productive.  Whether it’s the ISEB Foundation, ISEB Intermediate, ISEB Practitioner, ISTQB Foundation (CTFL) or ISTQB Advanced certification, part of each level’s curriculum focuses on ways to streamline testing processes and therefore becoming certified is something that is definitely worth considering.

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