There are various misconceptions with every existing industry. This blog tales about Popular Software Testing Misconceptions and Myths Damaging Software Industry and resolution by Deviop Test Labs
There are various kinds of software testing misconceptions about testing as a career and sometimes for the complete test methodologies. That need to be rectified as software testing is a craft that’s often misunderstood by those who are outside the field – and sometimes those who are inside it.
Some of the most common misconceptions are also the most damaging to the field, leading to miscommunication, blame, and resentment.
1.The Goal of Testing is to Break Software Only
Everyone believes that a software tester breaks the software only and that’s the core responsibility of a person as a tester. Actually there is no bug-insertion tool that works in between development and testing environments that triggers defect flows into the system.
This is about how the testing mindset will work on a particular software. Moreover, software tester not just breaks the code but primarily makes software nearly unbreakable with different scenarios.
Many of them can be related to System Integration, Functional, Data Driven, Security Flows and many more.
Basically software tester works like a caretaker of the flow between business requirement or specification with respect to the development efforts, to get it delivered on time with less fail-over chances during Go-live of the complete system/software.
“I didn’t break the software. It was already broken when I got it.” – Michael Bolton
2.Testers don’t have Technical Knowledge
It has been observed that many people think that a software testing job or a software tester is a non technical job and they are not aware about the technologies related to the field. We know Many of the reputed software testers to small scale testers who are too good with the technical skill set.
Even how testing requires very minimal amount of coding knowledge in few fields but this is not true with every aspect of software testing and industry projects.
Being able to read the code behind the screen and knowledge of the end to end system will always be the primary goal of the refined testing practice. Best industry software like Salesforce, Mediation Systems, AI systems, Mastercard Payment, Financial Gateways requires high volume of skill set as a software test engineer.
Typically even a entry level tester must have these skills to be rich in the related field in terms of professional growth,
- Systems & cloud computing
- Unix & Linux
- Various Databases Like SQL, Mysql, MongoDB, MariaDB
- Cloud architecture like AWS, Google cloud Compute, Azure.
- ETL tools
- Programming languages(Many then even you can imagine)
Testers use their skills to analyze the fitness for use of the solution presented to them. They will compare the software to the problem in the use case or feature request and look for gaps or areas that don’t seem to fit the problem or the solution.
They’ll use every tool at their command to seek out potential risks and surprises. Where developers are primarily problem-solvers, testers are primarily problem-finders. So if you are thinking this as a non technical field, Stop being a NON-Technical Tester!
3.Writing Test Cases is the only thing a Tester does
Actually the exact culprit here for this misconception is the poor job boards descriptions on Naukri, indeed or on Monster. Unlike what just job description demands as a skill set to only design test cases and to execute them is not the only case with the testing life-cycle.
A good software tester is end to end advocate of the complete system flow. Tester not only responsible for creating and executing test suite but the best things that every software tester use Creativity, Communication, and Curiosity to do day to day life tasks,
- With the profound design of the test suite software tester minimize the cost of overall life cycle.
- the analytical knowledge and implementation on test design provides the best possible test coverage matrix that developers do not even think about.
- Even during the test execution phase provides valuable comments and makes the ways to build exceptional user experience for the software. Sometimes can challenge the business specifications as well.
- Unlike automation testing, use brains to execute the test cases with different mindset and with multiple possible human driven flows for best software consistency.
4.Production is a Report Card for the Tester, Less Defect Scored Well
This is the worst side of this job to get it evaluated only by production events. Everyone thinks that if software works on production well, development is good. But if it breaks everyone blames on a software tester.
Every bad software release can possibly due to three aspects,
- Bad requirement analysis – Business communication
- Bad Review and design – Development communication
- Bad Test design – Testing Approach
It’s silly to think testers should be able to catch everything that’s wrong with a program. Because In certain cases even the best tested software like Microsoft Excel can have defects due to wrong requirement capture. As a person, tester almost can only perform limited tests over it when it comes with a limited time and scope.
So as a result, production should be always a rank maker not only for the test team but for the complete software lifecycle.
That was actually one of a Popular Software Testing Misconceptions and Myths
5. Everything Can be Automated
Dude it’s just a hype that automation can do everything or sometimes we call it as robotic automation or AI automation with tools like Selenium, UFT, RPA or PROVAR. This is one of those misconceptions that gets a lot of its power from being almost true.In theory, any test case can be automated.
When it comes for perfect deliverables automation testing can only give us an extra layer of assurance that a major part of the previous release is working as it was previous.
“Testing is an infinite process of comparing the invisible to the ambiguous in order to avoid the unthinkable happening to the anonymous.” – James Bach
“After all these Mythical beliefs We still Exists, we still doing good with industry and grooming the community with as much knowledge that no other tech giant can do….We are Tech Evangelists”
– Avinash Saubhari
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