Inadequate knowledge of anything results in the development of myths around the subject. This is the case with modern software testing services. Technology is upgrading, techniques are changing, and methods of testing are evolving rapidly. It is natural to develop myths if you fall behind in keeping yourself updated with current trends. The same has happened with testing services. There are a lot of myths among the general public as well as people aspiring to make their careers in the IT and software development domain. It is necessary to break them down for a better understanding of software testing mechanisms. This blog is an attempt to break some of these myths associated with software testing.
The following are the prevailing myths about software testing that we need to debunk:
I have heard people saying that “one who can’t do anything in IT, chooses software testing as a career”. Nothing can be further from the truth. Testing is not as easy as people might think of it. It is much more than just clicking buttons on a graphical interface. Software testers need to go through a comprehensive study of the product to gather information about it and make and refute hypotheses. Although there are plenty of resources available online that claim to make you a software tester. But it is not something that everyone is capable of. Testing requires a creative mindset and a keen eye to observe even the minute defects in the product.
There are still some people who believe that testing takes too long and unnecessarily extends the time-to-market of the application. However, the reality is just the opposite of this conception. Testing can eliminate the hassle of fixing the flaws after the development is done. You can easily fix the bugs found at the early stages of development. It saves a lot of time and resources. If the testing service is not there along with the development teams, these small bugs can turn out to be major issues later.
No doubt, testing requires money. But calling it expensive is not right. The expenses on software testing depend upon a lot of variables including your business size, budget, and available resources. However, when you look at its utility, it won’t seem expensive at all. Most companies consider software testing as a luxury that they could do without. But if do not deploy testing to your development cycle, you are most likely to encounter major problems at the later stages of development. This will cost you way more money than the software testing services would have.
Another myth that causes a loss of time and resources unnecessarily to the development teams. Yes, there are a few specific cases where the testing teams need fully developed codes to execute the testing procedure. But in most instances, it is better to implement testing right from the beginning of the development cycle. It helps the development teams to identify any problem before they get big and cause heavy damage to the production.
Only someone who is totally unaware of the testing process or has very limited knowledge of it might believe in this. This kind of myth arises from the perception that software testing is a monotonous task. Here, testers just spend their whole day just clicking buttons, finding bugs and flaws, and comparing the design with the layout. It is nowhere close to reality. If testing were that simple, there would be machines and automatic algorithms working in place of humans on the testing team. Software testers need to go through a comprehensive study of the business and the actual needs of customers every day. They have diverse responsibilities from availability tests to performance testing and web security.
The root of this myth is an assumption that automation and new technologies will take over the task of software testing. No manpower will be needed for testing an application of other software products. Although we can not deny the fact that technologies like AI and machine learning algorithms will make their place in the software testing domain. But as we discussed in the previous point, testing is much more than just working on a set pattern. The human element is an important factor in software testing services. It will become even more significant in the future during the development of applications having complex features and functionalities. So, do not pay attention to the myths. The future is bright in software testing.
Software Development Services UK and all over the world consider testing as an essential part of SDLC. Myths are bound to develop around anything that is as complex as software testing. It is our job to gain adequate knowledge from the right sources to counter those myths.
Praveen is a seasoned IT Solutions Leader and Director at RSK Business Solutions, a technology-driven IT Consulting Company that specializes in Bespoke Software Development, Agile Consulting, Mobile App Development, Smart Sourcing, and much more. For the last 17 years, he has been delivering quality custom IT solutions that help businesses achieve their goals.