A development project is not effective only because it has been built and done on time and with the estimated budget. There is another key element that plays a significant role in success — quality.
Software testing and Quality Control (QC) have the objective to evaluate how well the software application is performing and check whether the development met the requirements set by our clients. Software testing means that we are able to identify possible bugs, defects, or weaknesses of the implementations, quality or usability of a program, to guarantee that the product complies with the quality standards we are committed to.
Our software quality mindset, along with the use of the best software testing techniques, have helped us to deliver technical solutions that have enhanced many businesses’ growth.
Why is software testing necessary?
It is mostly because we all make mistakes. Several factors can cause a system to fail, and this can be costly for your company. Having the right software testing services will ensure that a dedicated tester team will work on identifying and removing faults on time. This increases software quality and reliability of the application and reduces maintenance costs.
At Hexacta, we conceive quality as the backbone of all of our projects — regardless of the methodology, Agile or traditional, a factor that must be continuously monitored. Therefore, we encourage including testing from the early stages of the development process, so potential mistakes and misunderstandings are minimized.
We understand that to guarantee excellence in software development, the testing area is more than just a role in a project; it’s a whole workforce, encouraging all testers to work together to accomplish one only goal — quality. Therefore, we offer two different flexible team configurations, depending on the business needs: the testing team as an independent group or as part of the software development team.
Our software testing process
The software testing process is implemented in all projects and covers the following stages:
- Define Testing Plan: The test types to be performed, acceptance criteria, technical resources, test environments, and testing tools are defined.
- Design test cases: Test cases are designed based on functional and non-functional requirements.
- Execute test cases: Manual and automated test cases are run. Identified issues are reported.
- Manage issues: Issue corrections are verified, and regressions are run if necessary.
- Report testing status: Data and metrics of the issues, test cases, and test runs are consolidated into reports.
Our software testing services
As an outsourcing software testing company, we provide different types of testing services according to project needs and development stages.
At Hexacta, software testers participate in every phase of the development life cycle. Testers provide a critical eye towards the requirements, make them testable, iron out ambiguity, and request missing information. Testers use a combination of market-standard test design techniques alongside creative, exploratory testing to augment the efficiency and quality of the tests run.
We follow certified processes that ensure we plan ahead, execute our test plan, and provide the most useful information for decision making and building up confidence in your system.
We could say that non-functional testing are all other needed tests for an application to work, which do not refer to what is necessarily required by the business. The most common form of non-functional testing is performance testing: giving information about how many concurrent users a particular application can handle, what its response times are, and how many server resources are being consumed at each step.
We also test other non-functional aspects of our systems, such as usability, portability, accessibility, documentation, and security, among others. The key element at Hexacta is that we test with non-functional requirements in mind and help by defining them, testing them, and reporting accurate results.
As projects grow in complexity and size, it becomes increasingly time-consuming to run regression tests repeatedly. With test automation, regression tests are run at no cost, even after every single change. Projects that automate tests rely on them to improve their time to market by adding the tests run into the deployment pipeline.
At Hexacta, we do this in a variety of technologies, following processes that ensure that test automation solutions are scalable and readable by creating a layered solution divided into Tests, Framework, and Driver codes.
Testing of mobile applications entails all of the aspects mentioned above, but the test activities are performed with another mindset. Requirements have different priorities, and tools for test automation differ. Hexacta’s success in mobile application development could not have come without our broad expertise in mobile testing.
We test and automate tests for Android and iOS applications, web, native, or hybrid, running tests in real and emulated devices with a focus on user experience and usability.
Our Quality Assurance (QA) approach
At Hexacta, we make a distinction between Software Quality Assurance and Software Testing. For us, QA is related to ensuring quality at the process level in projects and is performed by an independent group from the development team.
The QA team works on this set of tasks:
- Evaluating the execution of processes and production of deliverables according to the defined software process.
- Identifying and documenting deviations in the use of standards and applicable procedures.
- Providing feedback about the results of the quality assurance tasks to take corrective actions.
- Ensuring that the identified deviations are correctly addressed.
For each project, Hexacta designs a Software Quality Assurance Plan, which is based on the recommendations from the IEEE and is prepared in parallel with the project plan at the beginning of the project. To accomplish its mission, the QA Team implements a set of audits related to the processes and the products generated. Those reviews are adjusted according to each project’s needs.
Hexacta’s QA and software testing services will help you make testing a strong support in your business growth. We are ready to take up any testing project — no matter its complexity — and apply our best software testing techniques and quality assurance process to increase your productivity and effectiveness.
ISTQB Silver Partner
Hexacta is a Silver Partner of the International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB) since 2018.
This status is granted to Hexacta for its number of certified testers, making it a policy of the company to ensure professionalism in software testing. See our ISTQB certification here.
Responsive, business oriented, well-structured and with a good quality at each release, the dedicated Hexacta team has been a good partner to achieve our various goals on this project. Thus, I want to thank everyone in Hexacta who has been involved in this success.