Seven Testing Principles – Foundation Level 2018 ISTQB

Seven Testing Principles – Foundation Level 2018 ISTQB

1.3 Seven Testing Principles

As a tester, you know that testing is much more than just clicking buttons and replicating bugs. Testing is an art and a skill that requires observation and the ability to see the bigger picture.

Testing is a crucial process for any project. When done well, it can keep your app or website running smoothly and help you find bugs or errors before they happen. But how do you know if you’re doing it right?

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1.3.1 Explain the seven principles of testing

1.3 Seven Testing Principles ISTQB Foundation Level 2018

And here are the ISTQB syllabus…

1. Testing shows the presence of defects, not their absence

Testing can show that defects are present, but cannot prove that there are no defects. Testing reduces the probability of undiscovered defects remaining in the software but, even if no defects are found, testing is not a proof of correctness.

2. Exhaustive testing is impossible

Testing everything (all combinations of inputs and preconditions) is not feasible except for trivial cases. Rather than attempting to test exhaustively, risk analysis, test techniques, and priorities should be used to focus test efforts.

3. Early testing saves time and money

To find defects early, both static and dynamic test activities should be started as early as possible in the software development lifecycle. Early testing is sometimes referred to as shift left. Testing early in the software development lifecycle helps reduce or eliminate costly changes (see section 3.1).

4. Defects cluster together

A small number of modules usually contains most of the defects discovered during pre-release testing, or is responsible for most of the operational failures. Predicted defect clusters, and the actual observed defect clusters in test or operation, are an important input into a risk analysis used to focus the test effort (as mentioned in principle 2).

5. Beware of the pesticide paradox

If the same tests are repeated over and over again, eventually these tests no longer find any new defects. To detect new defects, existing tests and test data may need changing, and new tests may need to be written. (Tests are no longer effective at finding defects, just as pesticides are no longer effective at killing insects after a while.) In some cases, such as automated regression testing, the pesticide paradox has a beneficial outcome, which is the relatively low number of regression defects.

6. Testing is context dependent

Testing is done differently in different contexts. For example, safety-critical industrial control software is tested differently from an e-commerce mobile app. As another example, testing in an Agile project is done differently than testing in a sequential software development lifecycle project (see section 2.1).

7. Absence-of-errors is a fallacy

Some organizations expect that testers can run all possible tests and find all possible defects, but principles 2 and 1, respectively, tell us that this is impossible. Further, it is a fallacy (i.e., a mistaken belief) to expect that just finding and fixing a large number of defects will ensure the success of a system. For example, thoroughly testing all specified requirements and fixing all defects found could still produce a system that is difficult to use, that does not fulfill the users’ needs and expectations, or that is inferior compared to other competing systems.

See Myers 2011, Kaner 2002, Weinberg 2008, and Beizer 1990 for examples of these and other testing principles.”

ISTQB 2018 Foundation Level

Here we are talking about the seven principles for you to study and pass the ISTQB foundation level 2018 exam, with time and experience, on that basis you end up developing your own principles, and here are mine.

Follow these seven principles of testing to create a strong foundation for your product.

  • Start from the outside in
  • Test by checking the boundaries of the system
  • Use static data to test your code
  • Try to break it
  • Find out what’s important to you and test accordingly
  • Pay attention to details
  • Build a toolbox

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