Testers and Developers: Together in Sorrow and Joy

Testers and Developers: Together in Sorrow and Joy
July 29 05:53 2016 Print This Article

A lot of companies encounter a problem of insufficient cooperation between software testing and development teams.

Moreover, some senior testers and programmers may even add fuel to the flames and intentionally sabotage the relationships with the “enemy’s camp”. A programmer or a software tester may justify their hostile behavior by pointing to their aggressive deadlines and stress. Indeed, if the scheduled user acceptance testing session is approaching, but regression testing reveals dozens of bugs, it is not easy to stay calm and friendly.

How to Make Developers and Testers Efficiently Work Together?

  • A manager should convince them to care about customers above all else and look at a project from the customers’ perspective.
  • It is important to foster a team spirit but encourage each team member to unhesitatingly take responsibility for his/her own actions.
  • Another essential recommendation is to explain to testers that not every reported error can and will be fixed right away.
  • In their turn, developers need to understand that testers cannot find all the defects in one hour: good bug hunting takes time.
  • Oftentimes, the problem of miscommunication can be solved by just letting testers sit closer to developers. This will inevitably bring them closer to each other.

Cooperation between testers and developers is vital for efficient functional testing, performance testing and lots of other activities aimed at delivering a high-quality product.

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