Top 5 Myths About QA Testing
Top 5 Myths About QA Testing
Take a look at some of the popular myths surrounding QA testing, and why they aren't true.
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Quality assurance (QA) testing is an essential part of the software development process, involving the identification of bugs in products to ensure they are as error-free as possible. Unfortunately, there are also a lot of misconceptions about what QA testing and QA services actually entail.
Today, many companies engage in software QA outsourcing, sometimes using offshore testing services, while some still keep their QA services in-house. In the case of outsourcing, in which organizations employ an independent software QA company or services, testers are not involved in the development of the product and can offer an outside perspective.
Because products must be functional and user-friendly, it is important for organizations to understand, emphasize, and value this important role and process. Here are five common myths surrounding it — and why they should be dispelled.
5 Myths About QA Testing
1. QA Testing is Easy
Some people assume that because it requires minimal or no coding skills, QA testing is a simple process that nearly anyone can undertake. In reality, it can be extremely challenging and demanding. A software QA tester must possess skills such as:
• Attention to detail
These skills are essential for planning, developing, and implementing tests, as well as finding ways to reproduce bugs and “break” systems. Not everyone can excel in the field, and a top-notch QA tester often possesses a rare combination of hard and soft skills that can be difficult to find.
2. QA Testers Are Unnecessary
The idea that professionals dedicated to software QA testing aren’t necessary goes hand-in-hand with the myth that the process is easy. In fact, QA services should not fall under the purview of the software development team — just as software development requires a unique skill set and responsibilities, so does QA testing. In order to develop a high-quality product, organizations should have software QA testers dedicated to implementing rigorous testing processes that ensure products are as bug-free as possible.
By the same token, it’s important to note that testing and QA are not synonymous. QA involves carefully mapped-out strategies, requiring a high level of skill and forethought, for testing a product during each stage of its development and implementation. While testing is an important part of quality assurance, it’s merely one aspect of the process.
3. Testing Ensures a Bug-Free Product
While QA testing can reveal bugs in the software, it cannot guarantee the absence of bugs. A software QA tester will implement rigorous testing procedures to catch as many system errors as is feasible.
However, it is simply not possible to ensure that a product is 100 percent free of bugs, even with an unlimited budget and zero time constraints. Many final software products will have some bugs, while still meeting the requirements of the project and being functional. The most skilled tester will not be able to guarantee that the software is defect-free. What he or she can do is reduce bugs to a minimum and determine that the software is functional and meets the requirements or usability.
4. Testing Is for The Non-Tech-Savvy
Coding is not the be-all and end-all of technological skill. While some software QA testers may not know how to code (although many do), they must possess strong tech skills, such as creating a multitude of tests designed to break software and replicating errors. Furthermore, a tester must also be able to explain system errors to laypeople and developers.
The phases and personnel involved are both necessary but also complementary, using different technological and non-tech skills and demands, as well as having an understanding of the software, tools, and processes involved.
5. Human Testers Will Become Obsolete
As technologies such as artificial intelligence become more ubiquitous and ingrained in our everyday lives, many people fear that their jobs will be replaced by machines. However, it’s simply unreasonable to assume that QA testing will become an automated process.
Manual testing is an essential part of QA: a human tester must be able to assess not only the errors within a product, something an automated test can often catch, but also the usability, look, feel, and overall quality of the software. This is an important part of testing: putting oneself in the shoes of a user to envision what kind of experience she or he will have when using the product. And that’s something a machine simply can’t do.
Automated tools are most useful when repeating tests that have already been performed manually. They can certainly help human testers during the QA process, but they can never replace them.
Why Is QA Testing Necessary for Software Development
QA testing is an important step in software development and often one that is underemphasized. However, organizations that value the quality of the software they produce will employ skilled testers, whether they have staff dedicated to the process on-site or engage in software testing outsourcing. It’s important to understand and dispel the myths surrounding QA because a company’s reputation depends on delivering products that are functional and usable — and that begins with quality assurance.
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