Software testing as an exciting game

Software testing as an exciting game

Hello, Habre! I am Svitlana Tsoi, head of testing at the First Cargo Company.

In testing, we will test the functionality of the software, including various scenarios and situations. We develop test scenarios that help identify bugs, flaws, and issues in software.

Our goal is to provide high quality software and ensure that it meets the requirements and expectations of users. We also strive to improve the development process by offering recommendations and suggestions to optimize and improve the testing process.

Software testing is an integral part of development. It allows you to look for errors and flaws in the program, ensuring its reliable operation. However, it is often perceived as a boring and monotonous task. But what if we look at testing from the other side? What if we consider this process as an addictive game? In this article, we will look at testing as an interesting and exciting activity that helps us find bugs and improve product quality.

  1. Rules of the game:

Software testing has its own rules, which are similar to the rules of a game. The tester is given certain tasks and objectives to complete. As with any game, there are certain rules that must be followed in order to succeed. Usually, every company has a test plan or standard, and someone creates a whole regulation. These documents define the process and rules of testing.

  1. Goal of the game:

The purpose of testing is to check the software for compliance with customer requirements, as well as to find a situation where the program behaves incorrectly or undesirably. Each bug found is similar to a level where the heroes of the game get points or new skills.

In the process of achieving the set goal, the tester develops test scenarios. They can be compared to in-game artifacts that are stored by the player and may be needed while completing a level.

  1. Roles in the game:

One approach to testing as a game is to use role modeling. Each team member assumes a specific role, such as user, attacker, or expert. This allows you to diversify the testing process and consider the product from different points of view. Each role in the process has its own characteristics and contributes to testing. Here are some of the most common:

a. Tester – checks the functionality and quality of the software product.

b. Automator – is engaged in the development and maintenance of automated tests that allow to increase the efficiency and speed of testing.

c. A developer can participate in testing to identify and fix defects in the early stages of development.

  1. Variety of game situations:

Testing offers a wide range of challenges and difficulty levels, just like any game. Each level offers new obstacles and challenges, testing offers a variety of scenarios to test. This allows a person to develop their skills and find new ways to find bugs. For example, when testing, a tester with a basic set of knowledge will issue a minimal set of checks, while a more experienced tester can test the same functionality with a large number of checks and take on more complex tasks.

  1. Competitive moment:

Testing can be organized as a competition. Several testers can compete with each other to find more bugs or to complete tasks faster. For example, my department collects data on the number of bugs found and tasks tested per month. At the end of the year, we summarize the data and honor the winner, expressing our trust and respect. Thus, competitions can stimulate testers to find bugs more actively and efficiently.

  1. Teamwork:

Testing is often done by a team, with each player contributing to the overall result. As in a multiplayer game, where heroes come together for a common goal, teamwork requires coordination and interaction between participants. Each team member can offer new ideas and approaches to finding bugs, which allows you to find them more efficiently.

  1. Skill Improvement:

Software testing, like a game, allows you to develop skills. The more a tester plays, that is, looks for bugs, the more he improves his skills and becomes more experienced in identifying problems.

The simplest example: a new June tester is always given easy tasks like “Check for a button in the interface”. Over time, the tasks and objectives become more complex, and in order to be able to test such tasks, the tester must develop himself in any number of ways. Mastering the subject area, testing tools and upgrading hard skills helps not only in the current job, but also in the future career in the field of testing.

  1. Analysis and feedback

After the test is completed, as at the end of the game, the results are analyzed and feedback is provided. The tester shares his observations and creates a list describing each situation, including the steps to reproduce, the expected behavior, and the actual behavior of the application. This will help the development team to fix bugs, improve the app and make it more reliable. Customers can provide feedback and ratings based on various criteria, such as detected errors, compliance and product quality.

Thus, testing can be seen as an exciting game of finding bugs. This allows testers to approach their work with great enthusiasm and creativity. Instead of boring and routine tasks, testing becomes an exciting adventure that helps us create better software, and the testing process is more fun, motivating and productive.

Share in the comments what you would present as a game?

Related posts