Q: WHY DO WE SOFTWARE TEST?
A: To reduce risk, to identify defects and provide information to key decision makers before releasing software to market.
Q: WHAT ARE SOME COMMON PROBLEMS WITH SOFTWARE?
A: It is defective and unusable, it fails to meet customer needs, it is functional – but slow.
Q: HOW CAN THE ABOVE PROBLEMS BE OVERCOME?
A: By applying the 7 steps for delivering quality software using – Business Case do-ability, Strategy, Business Requirements collaboration, Software design traceability and collaboration, Build/development traceability and collaboration, Testing traceability and collaboration, Implementation support and user training.
Q: WHAT ARE THE GREATEST CHALLENGES FACING SOFTWARE QUALITY TODAY AND IN THE FUTURE?
A: The increasing pace of technological access and advancement. Especially with the variety of devices and operation systems on offer in the marketplace.
Q: HOW CAN SUCH CHALLENGES BE OVERCOME?
A: There are cloud services today that can host and simulate all varieties of desktop and mobiles devices/browsers at an affordable price. There are by the hour crowd source testing options that can verify your software from different locations around the globe. Certainly more cost effective options than there were 5 years ago.
Q: WHAT ARE THE MOST OVER LOOKED ASPECTS OF SOFTWARE FAILURE UNKNOWN TO BUSINESS OWNERS?
A: The strategic multi user simulation (also known as performance testing) and security penetration of critical software prior to market launch. Lack of mutli-user testing of say 20,000 users logging onto your potentially highly popular smartphone application causes the application to crash. Lack of security testing can cause deliberate data leaks exposing sensitive information from your database.
Q: HOW CAN THESE BE OVERCOME?
A: Services to overcome the above problems are usually only available to high end business. The market can now service small to medium operators at a fraction of the time and cost. From small, medium to corporate there are now solutions for every size and budget.