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Software Testing Basics

As a new tester, an individual needs to understand why we test software, what is software testing and some of the key terms & principles of software testing. 


This course aims to address the key issues for a person who is new to software testing or who is going to be involved with software testing

Who should attend?

This course is suitable for anyone wishing to gain a basic understanding of software testing.

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Learning Objectives

On completion of this course, attendees will:

  • Be able to explain why we test software and the risks of not doing so
  • Be able to describe the benefits that structured, planned testing can provide to an organisation
  • Understand the software development life cycle, the points at which bugs can be introduced and how testing can help us identify bugs and even prevent bugs from occurring
  • Be able to describe the main steps in the fundamental test process
  • Understand the various levels and types of testing and how they can identify existing bugs and even prevent bugs
  • Understand key testing terminology

Pre-Requisites

There are no pre-requisites for this course.

Course Content

The need for testing

  • Why do we need to test software and what happens if we don’t do it?
  • What is software testing?
  • The benefits of testing and when we should start testing for maximum efficiency
  • Why we can’t test everything
  • Testing and quality – two sides of the same coin?
  • Key testing terms – error, fault and failure

The software under test

  • How software is built – understanding the software development life cycle
  • Why are mistakes made during development and how can they be prevented?

The test process

  • Why planning is key to the success of a testing project
  • Defining the test objectives and when to stop testing
  • Estimating the task ahead
  • Prioritising and risk management and what part they play in the test process
  • Deciding what to test
  • Writing test cases
  • Running tests and recording the results
  • Monitoring the progress of testing
  • The different types and phases of testing
  • The test team – roles and responsibilities

What to test

  • Identifying the things we want to test and which will make the most difference to the testing project
  • Test cases – what are they?

Testing in different development environments

  • The V-Model
  • What is agile testing

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