Web applications QA has unique challenges. It is easy to assume that testing a web application is just like testing an enterprise installed software application. But, that would be wrong. And, you probably wouldn’t know it was wrong unless you had spent some time testing traditional enterprise software applications. In fact, it is only by comparing and distinguishing the differences that you come to appreciate how very different they are.
Web Application QA Solutions
Knowing the differences between traditional software testing and web application testing is only the start. In order to avoid the problems outlined above, you’ll need to consider each of the following aspects during test strategy and planning.
- Know and understand the testing boundaries. Boundaries can be found in functionality, networks, operating systems, bandwidth, geographic location and even a person’s age! Establish boundaries and then re-evaluate them after each web application testing cycle. They will change!
- Sample and measure the environments – then choose smartly. No testing plan can cover every environment. Not every environment is measured the same. Begin early efforts to measure the impact of the web application being tested within each selected environment.
- Know and measure the value the user expects from the application. Users use web application with an expectation of receiving some sort of value. Know that value and test the delivery of that value regularly during the testing process.
Most importantly, consistently acting on these solutions requires testing talent. This requires more than just write test cases, run test cases. Taking advantage of these simple solutions requires an experienced Test Engineer supported by an experienced QA Manager.