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Testing in Product based company
      #718878 - 10/29/12 02:34 AM

Hi All,

I am the only tester for a product in my company.
The problem am facing is:
I am getting bugs which are also in previous releases also
but am detecting them in some later releases.

The main problem am facing is with the developers.
They are asking me why you haven't raised it in previous releases.

In our company 2 weeks of development and 1 week of testing.

For every 2 weeks i will get a new build.

The process am following in testing is..
1. Initially am having the test cases.
2. For every release i will test the application with the test cases which i have written.

But still am not able to make the application with less amount of bugs....

Please advice me in this situation..


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Joe Strazzere

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Re: Testing in Product based company [Re: prasanthktgr]
      #718884 - 10/29/12 03:58 AM


The main problem am facing is with the developers.
They are asking me why you haven't raised it in previous releases.

I seldom get this kind of question.

But when I do, I sometimes respond with something like: "Apparently, the developers are more efficient at creating the bugs than I am at finding them."

But seriously:
- look through the bugs that escaped detection
- try to find out the root cause for why you didn't detect them in the build in which they first appeared
- let this guide your corrective actions

There are may possibilities for why a bug escaped detection
- you had too much to do
- the bug was buried behind another unfixed bug
- the bug was in a section of code that you didn't test
- your detection methods are insufficient to find the bug
- the bug was visible, but you didn't realize it was a bug at the time
- the bug wasn't actually in a build made available to you
- etc, etc

Some of these root causes are under your control, some are not. Work with others on the team so that you have a better chance of finding these bugs as soon as possible when they appear.

- Joe
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Re: Testing in Product based company [Re: Joe Strazzere]
      #718900 - 10/29/12 07:36 AM

I would focus on your test cases. How are you determining these? Are you focusing on impacted areas? Are you collaborating with the development team to 1. understand what is changing and 2. review your test cases?

Are you spending too much time writing test cases? Can you do this in a more efficient manner?

Is your development team performing unit tests? If so, are you replicating the tests they run? Understand what they have already tested and try to focus your testing on different areas.

Bugs will always slip through. It's virtually impossible to catch all of them. How many bugs are you catching and how many are slipping through to future releases?

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Re: Testing in Product based company [Re: CPat]
      #718988 - 10/30/12 06:35 AM

If you are finding bugs in later releases,

Try to put some emphasis on exploratory testing as
most of these hidden issues happens to be possible alternative paths.

Expalin the same to developers.


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