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How Does Structured Exploratory Testing Help With Software Development and Release?

by Kristen White Blogger
Any software application or product that has been developed is extensively tested to ensure that there are no errors or bugs that prevent the application from functioning as it should. Every element of the application should be connected with the other and function individually as well as a group.

While developers write code and develop the software, Testers or QA professionals take up the task of testing and checking the application to the minute detail. Enterprises can either have in-house testers on their payroll or outsource the testing process to independent companies or freelancers.

Exploratory testing is a type of testing where the focus is on the qualitative assurance of the software application. It is used to detect and discover the issues that crop up during and after the development of the software.

Testing can either be automated or done manually. Many enterprises prefer manual testing to ensure that none of the errors slip past undetected. Exploratory testing requires the tester to think and assess the application as a user would do. The user interface, the ease of navigating the application, understating the functions from users’ point of view, etc. is the main approach of exploratory testing.
 
Ecommerce is one field where testing is mandatory and crucial. There are many reasons why Structured Exploratory Testing for eCommerce is being emphasized in today’s world. With more and more people using the internet and choosing online shopping over going to the stores, it has become vital to ensure that the eCommerce websites are in perfect condition and provide customers with the required security to enter their personal information and make a purchase.
 
Security

When we buy a product on an eCommerce website, we enter confidential information such as our bank and credit details along with our name and other identifying information. If the website doesn’t have enough security, hackers can easily access the information and steal the identity and money of customers who have used the website. Right from using a secure network to having firewalls and other filters in place, the testers will have to check all aspects of security before they approve a software application.
 
Performance

With increasing competition in terms of new marketplaces on the internet, no enterprise wants to end up with a website that doesn’t perform well. The software should be flexible and extensible as the volume of business increases. It should be able to sustain the excess load of logins and purchases without compromising on the security.
 
User Experience

The design, layout, tabs, menu bar, links to individual pages, ads, etc. are considered when measuring user experience. Is the website easy to navigate? Can users find what they are looking for? How long is it taking for a user to go to the respective pages they want to? How simple or complex is the payment method? And more such questions are answered to understand the user experience of a particular software application.
 
Website and Mobile Applications

Versatility is the key. A website alone is not going to help a business expand into the market. There have to more than one way of reaching the customers and finding a new audience. Mobile apps are in-thing in the current scenario. Any eCommerce enterprise should work on having a software application that runs on the web, on desktop, and on mobile phones.
 
Not many QA testers are inclined towards exploratory testing as the process is time-consuming, tedious, and requires a lot of effort. Enterprises can get in touch with independent companies that provide expert QA Testing services for various software applications.

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