Top Challenges for Testing An Application A Software Tester faces many challenges to test an application, it can come from organization or it can come from developer’s side, could be from client side or some application specific challenges. Some of the challenges for testing an application are mentioned below. 1. Partiality between software developers and testers by the organization: Generally we see that, in some organizations, testers are not given equal importance like developers, it is not saying that they are ignored but sometimes they are not considered as at par against the developers of the application, they are not provided enough guidance about application requirement by development team. 2. Organization is not clear about what to test and how to test the particular application. 3. It is not possible to test an application 100%: Sometimes we see that organization is expecting 100% testing by the testing team, but is it possible to test an application 100%? The answer is NO, its not possible to test an application 100%, and the organization should understand this, bugs can come from the real life exceptional cases from the client, so all the blame should not come to the testing team, instead of root cause analysis of the bug should be done and the bug should be solved as soon as possible by the organization. 4. Lack of skilled testers: Some time management does not include required skilled persons for the testing process, so these type of resources can not improve testing outcome. For example, suppose an organization is using some automation tool and the tester does not know how to use it then it becomes a time wasting activity. 5. Time Pressure: Testers are always expected to complete testing activity within a particular time period, so there is always a time pressure on testers, so testers have to focus on dead lines of the project, so they can not focus on coverage of scenarios and quality of the testing activity. 6. Priority: It is require to have experienced testers to set the priority of test cases. Quality of the testing process is depended on what to test first and which scenario should be given more importance than others. Changing priorities impact the release deliverables 7. Requirement understanding: Sometimes we see that testers are just given the application to test without making him to understand the project requirements properly. So, what if the tester does not properly understand requirements and testers miss some requirements, should they be blamed for that, the answer is No.
8. Communications: Its one of the big challenge for testers for testing an application. It requires an experienced tester to properly and effectively communicate with developers else the quality suffers. 9. When to stop testing: Decision of when to stop the testing requires a good management skill and also it depends on the confidence on the quality of the application. 10. Automation Testing: The management should be clear on “What to automate” and “How to automate”, and does organization have enough and skilled resources for automate the application. 11. Regression Testing: When projects expand, the regression testing work is also increases, and it requires highly skilled testers to trace current changes, previous working modules and current performance of the application. There must be a clear definition of what is being covered in regression. A brief attempt is made to cover and explain the roadblocks that a tester faces during his testing. This might bring an insight and the organization can take timely corrective measures to achieve the max out of a testing team.
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