Manual testing

Seems like many testing frameworks and testing services support all programming languages, but manual testing is still indispensable. It is generally accepted that any test automation won't exist without well-planned and executed manual testing procedures. Sometimes it’s impossible to understand the performance of new implementations via automation testing. The engineer can improvise when using manual testing. This helps to create new complex scripts that the user won’t even try.

When to use manual testing

Software testing is a well-planned complex of conscientious work. The earlier we start testing, the more time we will have to release and prevent a huge pile of bugs. For instance, our manual testing company can say five reasons why and when you need to use manual testing:

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    When the main scope of business or functional requirements is prepared, our QA-team can perform static testing. It is a technique, which can help us find mistakes, defects, discrepancies, and illogical statements in requirements before any code is written or executed.

  • 02

    When the functionality is done, only manual testing will be run first to ensure that all requirements are covered, the behavior of feature works as expected, and feature meets the customer's expectations.

  • 03

    After receiving customer-caught errors, we can use manual testing in order to quickly reproduce what happened and create a bug report including missed details, which are important to fix.

  • 04

    When the manual functional testing is finished, our QA-team can start to prepare a regression test suit and improve existing test cases. Only if this phase of manual testing is done, we can start our test automation process.

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    When requirements are ready, our QA-team can start to prepare manual test scripts or test cases using the most effective test-design techniques such as specification-based or black-box techniques and plan every phase of testing. 

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That gives us a good opportunity to avoid a huge quantity of unnecessary or illogical tests and allows us to highlight the most important testing scenarios, while developers can prepare the future development environment. We would like to emphasize that we have already been able to prepare the main part of future manual runs without running the code. It is important because we are ready to start manual testing and give fast feedback about the state of functionality, which helps the development team immediately resolve a lot of probable issues.

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Best Practices of Manual Software Testing

These manual testing practices can help software development companies prevent different unexpected mistakes.

  • Managing test activities and following the established test procedures for determining the period.
  • Collecting test cases into test suit by importance order, by impact, by risk, etc. using the most powerful test-design practices.
  • Creating a separate budget for testing.
  • Thinking about user experience and usability.
  • Practicing good management and reporting.
  • Adopting a technical mindset and logic.

Manual Software Testing Process

It is important to follow particular steps to achieve the best results in manual testing. Here are the five fundamental manual testing processes that we follow during each testing project.

  • Test planning and control determines what is going to be tested.
  • Analysis and design aimed at finding details for test conditions and combining them into test cases.
  • Implementation and execution include running test cases, logging of the outcome, and retesting issues.
  • Evaluation of exit criteria and reporting aimed at checking whether the requirements have been met; creating a test report.
  • Test closure activity aimed at concentrating on making sure that reports are written, problems are closed, and defects deferred for another phase are visible.

Even though manual testing takes more time than automation one, it is very important to show the best result and a high-quality product, which can satisfy the client and future end-users. Contact us if you have any questions left. We will discuss your project and figure out what type of testing you need.

FAQ

  • What is manual testing in software testing?

    This is a process when an engineer compares the performance of the software and checks whether it is equal to the desirable result.

  • What are the different types of manual testing?

    - Black box testing
    - White box testing
    - Unit testing
    - System testing
    - Integration testing
    - Acceptance testing

  • What is the future of manual testing?

    Even though it seems like automated testing is the most popular nowadays, it is also important to understand that the human factor is crucial. What computers can’t do is to think creatively and irrationally.

    That’s why manual software testing will stay, and engineers will use it each time.

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