In the digital age, software programs are an essential element of daily lives. They simplify and improve our lives in every way possible. Not surprisingly, software programs are one of the key success factors for any business. Therefore it is particularly important to ensure that the functionalities of the software work perfectly. This is precisely what systematic test management is responsible for. The process of quality assurance already starts . A systematic test management starts with the requirements and ends with the end of the software life. The process of quality assurance starts once the requirement have been identified and continues throughout the entire development cycle until the end of software life.
The first step is to define a test procedure. Based on the requirements, the relevant test cases will be developed, implemented and managed. In the final step, the test results will be evaluated in order to initiate appropriate measures.
Using systematic troubleshooting, the main purpose of testing is to guarantee that the software performs successfully before going live. Thus, costs and risks can be minimized in advance, since the recovery of errors of an operating software results in significantly higher costs. It is also important to consider that errors that occur after going live can result in an enormous loss of user confidence, which is difficult to quantify. In fact, more than one in two software bugs discovered after going live is due to inconsistent test management. Reasons for the inefficient implementation of a test management can be e.g. lack of software test know-how, QA budget or the biggest problem in every project, time.
What does Test Management include?
The following points, whether agile or conventional software development is pursued, need to be defined, planned and implemented with the test object in test management:
- Selection of the test management tool
- Definition of definitions
- Testing criteria / Acceptance criteria / Acceptance criteria
- Test scope / Test coverage
- Test content
- Priorities / Risk assessment
- Test types
- Test environment
- Test data
- Test control / Monitoring
- Test planning
- Defect processes
- Cost estimates
- Test improvement