Seven Principles of Testing
Date Published: 01/25/2018
There are basically 7 basic software testing principles that are good to remember while starting your career as software testing or QA Analyst.

The original article is taken from guru99.com and enhanced a little bit for beginners.

There are basically 7 basic software testing principles that are good to remember while starting your career as software testing or QA Analyst.

Testing Shows Presence of Defects

Testing can show that defect or bug exists in the project but it cannot make sure or prove that there is no defect or bug at all. In simple words, Software cannot be 100% bug-free. Testing reduces the number of undiscovered defects but even if there is no bug found, it is not proof of correctness.

 

 

 

Exhaustive (Complete) Testing is Impossible

Testing every possible condition or combination is not possible. For example, you need to test one web page that has 15 input fields (textbox controls) and each field can have 5 possible values. To test all possible combination you need (515) = 30 517 578 125 test cases. This is simply impossible cause you do not have enough time and resources to test this huge number of test cases. So you priorities test cases based on importance & business need and execute them.

 

 

 

Defect Clustering

Defect Clustering states “small number of the module contains most of the defects tested”. For example, if you open 100 different websites in Internet Explorer tabs, you will find that your computer gets extremely slow and sometimes gets crash. So you can make an assumption with little knowledge and experience that Internet Explorer may have an issue with heavy multi-tasking (more than one task at a time).  After finding this, you will test Multi-tasking thoroughly because this module may have a number of defects.

 

 

Pesticide Paradox

Even if you do defect clustering and keep testing critical modules you found during defect clustering process, eventually, same test case won’t be able to find more defects because you already have found possible defects. This principle is called Pesticide Paradox.

Pesticide Paradox Definition “insects eventually build up resistance and the pesticide no longer works”.

To resolve Pesticide Paradox issue, regularly revise and review test cases, add new test cases to find more defects. 

 

 

Absence of Errors – Fallacy

If we put more effort in testing and avoid Pesticide Paradox by adding revised and new test cases, still we cannot claim that product is 100% error free. (Testing shows presence of effect – 1st Principle).

If you put EXTRA effort and claim your software product is 99% bug-free but your software is not according to client’s requirements, this effort is totally useless.

An absence of errors – Fallacy principle states “Finding and fixing defects doesn’t help if your end product is not according to user requirements”.

 

 

Early Testing

To fix the Absence of errors – Fallacy principle issue, Early Testing principle solution should be adopted. It means, does not wait for the product to be built and then starting testing (e.g. Waterfall SDLC). Start from testing as soon project gets initiated e.g. test requirements documents and verify that they are according to client’s requirements e.g. V-Model testing and Agile SDLC help to identify early testing defects.  

 

 

Testing is Context Dependent

It means testing is based on nature of software; the testing for a financial system would be different from testing of the educational system. The tester should have analytical skills to design test cases and testing procedure according to software’s domain.

 

 




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