Testing and tagging are probably the most misunderstood concepts in software development. It is not at all clear to a novice why anyone would have this sort of work done. Test management and test creation are actually different activities, though it may seem as if they are related.
Commercial companies use these two approaches for improving their business intelligence capabilities. Business intelligence encompasses the collection of pertinent information and analysis for quick decisions by the decision-makers. Test management is focused on quality or with it, the assurance that what you produce is error-free.
Testing and tagging can be difficult to understand, but there are a few guidelines. The concepts are based on the fact that both situations need to be controlled. Both of these activities should involve some sort of collaboration between the tester and the testing team.
Many commercial software programs for testing and tagging are available. It can be time-consuming to build a system to monitor and record information. Even more important, tracking everything that is produced by the testers will take a lot of the stress off of the testing team. In addition, this type of system will enable the testing team to work on the projects without having to schedule the tests.
The time factor associated with developing a testing system and the risk factor are the main concerns for those involved in developing a test management system. It is worth noting that while it is possible to implement a complete testing and tagging system with software, it may not be in the best interest of the testers or their customers.
This is a multi-faceted system, with tools for tagging documents and for automated analysis of code. It is also possible to implement technology without employing software development. This is done with a process called conventional tooling. With this approach, a few people create a process manual or a production checklist that can be used to track every aspect of the testing process.
Often, frequent issues are found when the documentation is reviewed. In order to improve the accuracy of the documentation, tracking the tester’s actions, with more efficient and consistent documentation, there should be periodic meetings with the testers. Otherwise, the documentation will be less accurate, in terms of keeping it current.
The next step would be to add the knowledge gained from the manual tester’s notes. This practice could be followed by having the testing team to update the information on a regular basis.
The information generated by the manual process can be then reviewed by appropriate authorities to produce an effective monitoring strategy. It is possible to get a good idea of the number of documents that need to be collected, printed, reviewed, and then printed again.
This information can then be reviewed by the testers themselves and then added to the appropriate note cards for the software project. This is important since the software is already being tested. Also, it is possible to track when the software has been successfully tested and written up.
Finally, it may be possible to review the information and review and re-print the information. A timely documentation and testing system are a necessity. When it is not there, the entire process can be flawed.
As previously stated, the above points can be applied to both cases. In conclusion, there are many reasons why these two activities are misunderstood and often misunderstood by the test team.