Software testing takes not the whole specialists’ day, sometimes – even not the half. What does a tester do the whole day, in this case, and why is he paid for this?
The test process involves many additional operations. A tester spends much time on discussing the test process with a client or developers. A specialist writes and replies many letters, prepares a great amount of documentation and gets acquainted with more its quantity.
For the purpose of all these functions regulation and their in-time execution, a test process is divided into separate sessions. Performing functional testing or system testing, a specialist fulfils the checking of the certain system component or the functional aspect.
The session – the work performed by the specialist, which totality, as a result, will show the product quality and the bugs that are in it. Generally, exploratory testing is divided in the sessions, this way it is rather major and complex.
The sessions can be short (up to 45 minutes) and long (about two hours), depending on the duration. The session time is defined by the amount of the components under test.
What Are the Main Components of Test Session?
- The tests development and execution. This is the essence of any type of testing. For example, conducting usability testing, a specialist discovers bugs in the product with the help of test plans and test cases.
- Bugs detection and reporting. Having detected the error, a tester should make sure that it is really a bug. If so, an expert informs about the mistake and creates the appropriate report.
- The session installation. This component includes all other tester’s actions which ensure the execution of the previous two items. This involves the settings of the system and testing tools, introduction to the available documentation (the specification of the technical requirements.)