What Are the Characteristics of Poor Specification?

Frequently, software testing company follows a certain documentation which helps to define the scope of work, get familiar with the product peculiarities which will be tested, and so on.

In a word, the different sorts of specification are the test team assistants. But sometimes it happens that the project documentation is absent at all. Then the specialists follow their own experience and client’s requirements.

Everything is much worse, when the specification is available but its quality leaves much to be desired. In this case, the documentation, vice versa, only entangles, disorientates a tester. It is much easier to perform functional testing, being oriented on the requirements and personal skills than on a strange bunch of words.


The Poor-Quality Specification Characteristics Are:

  • Data incompetence. It is difficult to execute automated testing or load checking without being aware of all information about the project qualities and set tasks.
  • Data incorrectness. It is absolutely unacceptable that the information which is included in the spec was false. In this case, mobile testing or web application testing will be out of sense.
  • Data inexactness and inexpediency. A lot of needless information which is not related to the system or application will not promote the timely product checking.
  • The specification should not directly concern the code itself: architecture, software design, and etc. Documentation only describes the system and its capacities.
  • Information ambiguity. If a certain part of document says one thing and the following block – quite another, then software product testing will also provide the contradicting results.

To save time and money, it is much better to create the full project specification which will reveal all system specifics in order to avoid the myriad of problems during development and testing.