Software Testing and QA Methodology

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What is a Software Testing Methodology and why do I need one?

We get it. You need to ensure that your software products are of the highest quality to meet the needs of your users.

That’s where a software testing methodology comes in. It gives you a framework or set of guidelines to:

  1. Outline the process of testing your software and systems.
  2. Provide a systematic approach to testing within your organisation.
  3. Allow you to identify and fix defects, reduce costs, and improve customer satisfaction.
  4. Give you confidence that your software is reliable, user-friendly, and ready for success.

We can help you succeed.


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(We also do a whole lot more and we love to talk testing. If you share your challenges we can often give you some easy solutions straight away.)

Test Automation


Test automation is an essential part of a well-considered test strategy or approach.

But where do you start?

We provide guidance to help you to develop a test automation strategy that considers your needs and context.

The benefits:

  • Improved and accelerated feedback loops.
  • Increased test coverage of your system or application.
  • Improved efficiency of integration with your test management tools
  • Supporting your “shift left” QA strategy

Functional Testing


Functional or BlackBox testing is the backbone of most solid test approaches and strategies.

It seeks to ensure that your system or application has been built correctly according to its requirements or specification.

Black Box tests are designed to optimise execution and increase value by using some of the following test design techniques:

  • Equivalence Partitioning
  • Boundary Value Analysis
  • State Transition
  • Decision Tables
  • Cause and Effects Graphing
  • All Pairs
  • Error Guessing

Test Tools


A very common question we hear is ‘What testing tools should I use?’

When choosing testing tools you need to think holistically and consider whether they actually provide a useful solution to the problem. Do they work seamlessly across the entire development lifecycle? Do they integrate with your current stack?

Common tool types to consider:

  • Test Management Tools
  • Test Case/Execution Tools
  • Test Data Generation & Masking Tools
  • Test Reporting Tools
  • Performance Testing Tools
  • Security Testing Tools
  • Mobile Testing Tools

Non-Functional Testing


A software solution may complete functional testing but might still not be considered ‘fit for purpose’.

Commonly the architecture or design fails to consider the non-functional requirements, i.e. the operational characteristics of the system.

Non-functional tests seek to confirm operational behaviour, to ensure the solution performs as expected when used in a production setting.

Some NFT methods:

  • Performance Testing
  • Load Testing
  • Stress Testing
  • Volume Testing
  • Security Testing
  • Usability Testing
  • Accessibility Testing
  • Reliability Testing
  • Compatibility Testing
  • Scalability Testing
  • Localisation Testing

Environment & Data Management


Management of test environments and their associated test data are two foundational aspects of testing that if not done correctly present the highest risks to delivery.

Creating a separation between environments and also managing the necessary integrations required takes planning.

It’s essential to create a strategy that makes it clear how the environments are to be utilised for your project and how the test data is to be created, copied and controlled.

Things to consider:

  • Test Data Creation Vs Copy Strategies
  • Data Refresh Schedule & Guidelines
  • Roles & Responsibilities
  • Release Windows/Scheduling
  • Vendor Access Management
  • Quality Gates

Software Release Management


Effective release management is critical to ensure that software is delivered on time, meets quality standards, and is aligned with your business objectives.

Our Release Management framework can help to ensure that your launch goes smoothly, without incident, and with minimum disruption to your users.

We provide comprehensive testing and release services to help you identify and mitigate risks, and ensure that your software is of the highest quality. With our help, you can confidently deliver software releases that meet user needs and drive business success.

Things to consider:

  • Risk Assessments
  • Cutover Verification Testing
  • Production Verification Testing
  • Detailed Timed Release Plans
  • Communication Plans
  • Change Management
  • Training Plans
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