The goal of testing is to find defects. Nevertheless, the process is not limited to finding defects only. The information about these defects should be properly communicated to developers so that they can fix them, and the reparations reports are submitted to the stakeholders in order not to break development schedule for the software product. Any ineffective actions taken while the defects are being reported, tracked, corrected and managed result in a loss of time.
In connection with the above said, the following two activities have proven themselves to be effective in detecting defects. The first one involves executing tests based on the test plan to determine if there are any differences between the expected and actual test results. The second activity has to do with documenting the shortcomings, encountered during the test, in an issue tracking system. The quality of documentation is crucial for two reasons: firstly, developers need credible and reliable information on the defects in order to repair them and troubleshoot all the problems caused by them, and secondly, the testers should be able to reproduce the issues to ascertain that the defect has been successfully fixed. The system used to document and track defects is an important software testing tool.
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A defect is an error in a work product, such as technical requirements, program code or test plan. The defect remains undetected until the work product is revised or the program is executed so that to produce the expected results.
Once found, the defect is explored to determine if it is caused by a test malfunction, a failure in the program code, or an error in the design specifications. If the cause of the problem is a test, not a program code, the test should be corrected, but then the detected defect should be “ignored”. Also, the degree of the defect’s seriousness is assessed: does the defect under test is classified as catastrophic defect that is subject to mandatory elimination before the delivery of the software product?
Is the problem so serious that it significantly reduces the functionality of the software product, but there are still open workarounds that allow you to continue the testing and development processes? Or is this problem not so critical that its decision cannot be postponed until future releases of the software product?
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