University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee School of Continuing Education
Project Management Monthly: March 2013: Tips and Tricks
Be proactive, not reactive

Traditional reactive testing exposes your project to unnecessary risk and increases the development lifecycle. Rather than simply reacting to what has already been designed and developed, proactive testing is integrated into every aspect of the project and involves every project team member. Think of proactive testing as just another part of development, instead of a bothersome afterthought.

Use some of these strategies and techniques to incorporate proactive testing into your development lifecycle:

  • Combine testing with each stage of development so that problems are caught early and don’t require extensive reworking of the final deliverable.
  • Require developers to become part of the testing process. Do they know how to determine if they have developed something correctly? Relying on users to test the deliverable can turn simple problems into a major hassle.
  • Design and prioritize tests as you go, level-by-level throughout the development process.
  • Use testing feedback to drive your future designs and prevent problems from happening.
Testing may seem like a nuisance, but effective planning and design can make your end product much cleaner and, in the end, better for both your team and your users.

Learn more about Proactive Testing - Risk-Based Test Planning, Design and Automation in an in–depth course this April at the UWM School of Continuing Education!


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