How To Approach Software Testing

22 Mar 2018
How To Approach Software Testing

There are many different approaches to software testing. At Inspired Testing, we use an Agile approach.

Agile’s real utility is giving people a common foundation for making decisions about the best way to develop software. For example, consider a new project that is in a discussion on how to get requirements from the business owner. The suggested approach is to get the business owner to write down all the requirements and sign off on them before beginning the work.

Software Testing Principles And Values

A team that is following Agile may say that while this approach can work, it is inconsistent with their belief that they should value customer collaboration over contract negotiation. It also violates the Agile principle that business owners and developers should be working together every day.

When you have a software testing team that follows Agile, they will make hundreds of decisions each week in a collaborative way. The decision-making process matters. You can’t try to short-circuit something like software development by taking decisions made by another team and blindly doing what they decided to do. As time goes by, a team that is well-versed in Agile principles is probably going to change their practices. A team may start with Scrum and then find that Kanban is a better fit for delivering value to its customers. A team might begin by standing during their daily meetings but then may later find that sitting down works better for them.

Functionality Testing And Implementation Testing

When delving into software testing, tests are often based on two approaches, namely functional testing and implementation testing.

When functionality is being tested without taking the actual implementation into consideration, it is known as black-box testing. The other side of the coin is white-box testing, where the functionality, as well as the way it is implemented, is also analysed.

Need software testers who can do a comprehensive and thorough test on all your applications and software? Then contact Inspired Testing today.

Sastri Munsamy

Executive: Technology and Innovation for Inspired Testing

Sastri is a passionate and engaging mentor, educator and speaker with extensive experience of real-world testing and automation projects. He has worked in the consultancy industry for over 17 years. He has implemented test automation on various systems ranging from desktop, Web, SAP and mobile applications in multiple industries across the world, with an emphasis on defining an efficient and profitable automation strategy. As a mentor, Munsamy has hosted testing community meetups in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and has guest spoken at numerous industry events.


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