QA testing: An integral part of the Software lifecycle

Even small bugs can lead to big business problems. Although the developers may perform initial testing, having the code analyzed by an expert QA tester will give you better peace of mind.

There are two types of QA testers; one that says “Nothing gets past me!” or the other that says “I will help find bugs to improve in the development of our product.” Both of them are great QA testers. They will get the job done most efficiently. Organizing, administering, and paying attention to details are a few of the desirable qualities in a software QA.

Most people are under the impression that the QA profession is an easy job since all a QA is supposed to do is ‘just’ testing software to find some bugs or errors, report them to the developers, back to testing again, then report again, and repeat. That is just the crudest job description for the profile. But in reality, it is way more complicated than that and requires a lot of finesse to even begin with the process.

Let’s set some of these myths straight with facts about what a software QA tester precisely does.

  1. Testing is easy

“What is so difficult about testing a software? This is the easiest job in IT field!”

Do you believe it? Would you say, perceiving the end product and testing the same while keeping different factors like operability, security, performance, responsiveness, GUI, and many others into consideration, is an easy chore? In fact, if done properly, QA testing can be extremely challenging. It requires a calm, patient mind and great attention to detail for planning the test, creating test cases, running regression tests, and noting detailed steps to reproduce bugs. Only a person with high analytical skills can test software for many possible use cases with minimum test cases.

  1. Anyone can do manual testing

Anyone can cook, but can everyone make gourmet food? Of course not, it takes an artist to create a captivating and delightful plate of food.

One can say the same for software QA testing. If to be done accurately and effectively, QA testing requires many skill sets. Not everyone possesses the right mindset to test the product with different perspectives. Many companies opt for developer-based testing, but it will always lack the security of having been looked over by a professional.

  1. Testing ensure 100% bug-free product

The ultimate purpose of software testing is to improve product quality. Even if you end up finding a lot of bugs during the testing phase, 100% defect-free software is still a myth. Every great application rolls out updates now and then to remove bugs that showed up later on. QA tester can just make sure that the features work according to the actual requirements.

So if you are a QA tester, cut yourself a slack. Believe me, you’ll find at least a small defect there.

  1. QA specialists aren’t needed, developers can do the testing just fine

Smaller organizations may require their developers to do the testing too. Although it may work in certain situations, it is always better to have a dedicated resource for QA testing. Most of the time developers are dealing with tight deadlines. This may lead to ineffective or not thorough regression tests while repetitive smoke tests may further add to the stress.

To launch a great software, you do not just need great features but also carefully tested and maximum bug free product that can provide value to the customers.

  1. Automated testing is more powerful than manual testing

Just like in every other aspect of life, machines have taken up a huge part in testing too. So that people now believe automated testing does a better job than manual testing. Again it is not feasible for 100% automation on QA. UI/UX can be best judged by a human element. Aesthetics play a very important role.

Automated testing can test for functionality or any missing parts, but only a human experience can judge if the buttons are properly placed and displayed. 

Final thoughts

QA testing is not a lone job. A QA tester is expected to have a pleasant personality and good communication skills as they work hand in hand with managers and developers. A lot of bugs does not bother a QA tester, failure to find any bug in the first sweep does.