4 Strategies for Developers to Maximize Efficiency When Testing Software

Testing your software applications is an ongoing process that doesn’t end once you’ve launched your project. In fact, you’ll probably do just as much testing once your application ships as you did during development.

Although testing is ongoing, an efficient process will speed up your ability to discover and fix bugs quickly. After all, the entire purpose of testing is to make sure an application functions smoothly. If you can improve your testing efficiency, you’ll inevitably launch a better product.

Here are 4 strategies to strengthen your software testing process.

1. Condense the number of communication tools you use

During the testing process, you’ll need to document issues and communicate with the rest of your team frequently. Efficient testing is supported best by condensing these communications onto a single platform.

When every team member communicates using one platform, there’s little room for miscommunications and missed messages. For example, you won’t have to worry about someone missing important client messages because they haven’t opened all of their messaging platforms for the day.

Slack is ideal for software development teams

If you don’t already have a solid communications platform, consider switching to Slack. According to data published by Slack, the average company loses more than 20% of its organizational power to organizational drag. When you tighten up your organizational processes, you automatically increase efficiency.

Development teams prefer Slack because it offers features that specifically support a smooth development process. Slack’s channel feature makes it easy to have multiple, separate conversations about the same project. For instance, you can create separate channels to discuss client requests and feedback, bug reports, and general conversations. By separating these conversations under individual channels, it’s easier to stay organized.

2. Train testers to be detail-oriented

The importance of being detail-oriented during the testing process can’t be stressed enough. If you’re testing software and come across a small hiccup that doesn’t seem like a big deal, document that issue regardless of its size. Every issue, no matter how insignificant it seems, could indicate a larger problem.

Have testers look for one type of issue at a time

It helps to have a team of dedicated testers perform multiple tests, each time looking for a different type of issue. For example, on the first test they might look for aesthetic issues with the user interface like misaligned pixels, cut-off graphics, or content that isn’t displaying properly. Subsequent testing sessions might be dedicated to noting technical issues like lag times and crashes or features that don’t work as intended.

Naturally, testers will encounter multiple types of issues during any given session, but by having them perform individual sessions with a specific intention, they’ll be more attuned to noticing those particular issues.

3. Incorporate security throughout the entire development process

Despite the proven efficacy of DevSecOps, some development teams don’t incorporate security until the end of a project. Waiting to incorporate security into your project makes the entire project inefficient.

When security is integrated into the development process from the start, your testing efforts will automatically be more efficient because you’ll run into fewer issues by default. When security is held until the end, an abundance of bugs will be discovered during the testing process and many of those bugs won’t be easy to fix. Some won’t be possible to fix at all.

DevSecOps supports efficient application testing

DevSecOps is a proactive approach to application security that improves the frequency of project delivery outcomes. For anyone in a competitive market, it’s essential to have IT security working with development and operational teams.

Integrating IT security into the development process is the best and most direct way to improve the efficiency of testing.

4. Collect specific, actionable feedback

Feedback plays the most important role during the testing process. When testers find something that doesn’t work, their feedback will give insight into what needs to be fixed.

Whether you’ve got one tester or an entire team of testers, you need as much feedback as you can get. However, you need to generate specific, actionable feedback. General feedback isn’t all that useful.

For example, if you ask someone to test your graphic design software and they tell you it’s a little bumpy, you can’t use that feedback to make changes. However, if they tell you the application was slow to respond when you activated the blur tool, that’s feedback you can use to fix the problem.

Still, there’s another way to generate even better feedback: video. When testers can create a short screen recording of what they’re experiencing when they run into a problem, you’ll see exactly what they see. This makes it easier to recreate and fix bugs.

Userback is the ultimate tool for generating actionable feedback

Thankfully, testers don’t need to make their own screen recordings, edit the videos, and send off the final cut. That would be cumbersome. Userback makes generating feedback through screen recordings effortless.

Screen recordings generated by Userback are extremely valuable for tracking and fixing bugs. It’s the easiest way to see a bug in action and it will show you exactly what’s needed to recreate the bug to troubleshoot the cause.

Client Recording

With Userback installed, testers can simply click the feedback icon and they’ll be presented with a few different options. They can provide pure text feedback, make a screen recording, or take a screenshot and add annotations to describe the issue(s). Everything is handled by the Userback software so no additional downloads are required.

Generate high-quality, actionable feedback with Userback

Having a successful software launch depends on completing a thorough testing process prior to shipping your product. With Userback, you can collect specific feedback from your test team, your clients, end users and customers after you launch.

Userback also integrates with a handful of popular software applications like Jira, Trello, GitHub, Microsoft Teams, Basecamp, and Slack.

Userback gives you the visual feedback you need to improve your software and web applications. Sign up for a free trial today and experience the power of visual feedback first hand.

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