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Manually testing software is still the best way to do so in a lot of instances and these tips will give you a good basis to do just that.
- Identify your top priorities
One way to make the testing process more effective is by identifying which parts of the program have to be tested right away. You should also identify which features are best suited to manual testing.
Remember, manual testing is only one part of the process. There are other types of automated testing that you can employ. By clearly identifying which parts of the testing process can be automated and which ones have to be run manually, you can ensure that the program is thoroughly tested.
- Come up with an overall testing strategy.
For each of the program's features, identify how best to test it. Any functionality that is going to be manually tested should go through a predetermined set of steps. Make a list of these steps ahead of time and determine how they should be applied to the program. This will make it easy to run through the testing process, marking whether or not each step was successful as each phase of the testing is completed.
- Designate who will handle each part of the testing process.
Avoid setting deadlines that are too tight for the testing. If people feel overly pressured, they may overlook important tasks. Splitting the testing out among multiple people can help keep each tester from feeling too overwhelmed. This can also give them the time that they need to do the job right. Ultimately, the goal is to not just get the testing done but to get it done correctly. All testing should be done in a transparent environment according to a predetermined set of standards.
- Keep all of the testers in the loop.
Everyone on the testing team should know what is happening at any given time. The best way to do this is by creating a list of tasks that need to be completed. Being able to see what needs to be done in black and white can help ensure that everyone stays on task and on schedule.
There are a lot of different tools out there that you can use to track your project and to keep everyone in the loop. Services like Google Drive make it easy to share documents and to collaborate on projects. There are also other cloud-based services and tools that you can explore.
- Complete the testing process.
Following the guidelines that you already established, execute the testing plan. Throughout the process, make sure that all of the results are recorded with the utmost of accuracy. It is important to know what works and what doesn't work with the program so that steps can be taken to correct any problems.
- Keep track of where you stand.
As the testing process proceeds, be sure to keep track of what is happening at any given time. If necessary, make adjustments to the plan as needed.
For instance, if you are testing multiple features of the program and one portion is taking a lot longer to complete than you had anticipated, you may need to assign additional people to that portion of the project. Be flexible so that you can adapt to the changing needs of the project.
- 7. Carefully track problems.
Throughout the testing process, you will no doubt encounter bugs or other types of problems. Be sure to document all of these problems carefully so that you can address them. The more thoroughly you can document any failures, the easier the problems will be to replicate so that they can be corrected.
- Finalize the results of the testing.
As long as you have been carefully tracking the results of the testing process, all of the data that you need should be contained in one place. Using this data, you can then put together a report of how the testing process went so that you can see what is working and what needs improvement.
- Analyze the data.
The results of the testing can give you helpful information that you can use to improve your program. It can help you spot bugs that need to be corrected or other issues that need to be addressed before the program is launched. Because you gathered such detailed information during the testing process, it should be easy to come up with a plan for how to fix any problems with the program.
- Evaluate how the testing went.
Developing an efficient manual testing process for your company is not something that happens overnight. Instead, it is a process that needs to be honed and refined over time as you learn what does and doesn't work. Once you complete a testing project, look back and see if there were mistakes that were made or problems that can be corrected the next time you test a program.
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