Defining Perfection of the Software: Not as Easy as It Seems

Defining Perfection of the Software: Not as Easy as It Seems
April 28 07:23 2016 Print This Article

Dozens of testing types (such as functional testing, performance testing, security testing, usability testing, load control, unit testing, etc.) are performed with the sole purpose of creating a perfect software product.

But who defines “perfect” in a software testing company? A project manager, a product owner or a software tester? What if all of them have slightly or even totally different opinions on this matter? It’s not easy to deal with this uncertainty. The best way to do it is to find the characteristics that are common for each software product’s excellence.

What Characteristics Are Inherent to a Perfect Software Product?

  • Customer’s satisfaction
  • Security
  • Presence of all required features
  • Consistency of functionality
  • Operation speed
  • Usability
  • Cost

All of these characteristics (and other ones, if any) should be thoroughly discussed by the project team at the very beginning of the project. Based on the outcome of this discussion, a team can build a strategy for a perfect product. Unfortunately, some project teams start discussing these issues at the beginning of the testing process when it’s already a little late for that. However, even in that case it is possible to develop a plan of actions that will result in the nearly perfect software.

Of course, the perfect software may actually be an unattainable ideal, but why not to strive for it?

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