1. Prioritize your Fixes
Your software may have more bugs than you have time for at the moment, so it’s important to prioritize your fixes, ensuring that the most important issues and the issues that could be easiest to fix are tackled first.
It is absolutely necessary to have a plan of attack, and by dealing with smaller things that only take a few minutes to repair and ensuring that the most important and most widely reported issues are dealt with, you’ll be more efficient than fixing everything at once despite priorities. Keep your team in the loop – whatever process you are using for software testing should be transparent to help ensure everyone is on the same page and that priorities are clearly drawn to improve efficiency.
2. Respond to Users
You may have a list of problems or bugs that exist in production, but perhaps your users haven’t noticed or don’t care. If users are not asking for a fix, the issue can likely be put on the back burner unless it alters the functionality of the software. Listen to your users to prioritize the issues that matter most to them. After all, they’re the ones actually using your software.
3. Use the Right Tools
Software testing tools exist for a reason, and there’s no reason not to use them! Find the best tools for your own software and stop relying completely on your own testing abilities – the right tool could point you in the right direction or help you to discover issues you may not have known about or wouldn’t find otherwise. Most importantly, tools often provide metrics to prove what you may think you know, or can offer time saving techniques to allow you to get on with what’s important.
4. Share Your Results
You may want to keep your test results to yourself until you’re finished testing and have an exhaustive list of everything that needs to be fixed; however, if you share your issues as you find them, it is more likely that a fix will be found with more ease.
5. Learn & Improve Your Skills
It is essential to improve not only your skills, but your testing processes and testing workflow, to ensure efficiency in software testing. Don’t keep testing the same way you’ve always done it – explore new tools, engage with your users, network with other testers, and solicit feedback from your employees and co-workers. It’s important to always be learning and improving your skills in order to up your software testing game and ensure that you strive for personal excellence, resulting in thoroughly tested software.