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Software testing can make or break your product

Techpoint.
February 15, 2022

 

What if you could guarantee your customers fewer expenses on maintenance, better optimization, a more pleasant user experience for their clients, and more reliability in their product? 

These are just a few of the consequences of software testing. The testing phase (detecting and resolving bugs) cannot be underestimated, especially in the early stages of development, as it brings advantages in terms of time and cost savings. Agree?

"Software Testing is a continuous testing process that encompasses debugging for the successful delivery of an error-free product. Performance that exceeds expectations can only be achieved when the product successfully passes through the multiple phases of testing. Each time one of our testers finds an error, he or she identifies and reports it so that it can be resolved as soon as possible and prevented in the future. 

What are Agile User Stories?

Our company started to rely on the "User Stories" method to test its products. "What are User Stories?" Basically it is an informal and general explanation of a software feature, written from the perspective of the end-user. 

User stories are one of the core components of agile methodology. They help provide user-centric insight of a small user interaction of the user with the software, leaving the user interface and other elements for the team to decide. This drives collaboration, creativity, and an overall better product.

User stories are not simple requirements of a software system. A key component of agile software development is putting people first: user stories build on that premise. After reading a story, the team immediately knows the type of user they are developing for (who), the action (what) and the value it creates (why).

Are User Stories just small pieces of poetry about software?

Their structure may remind us of a poem. But the truth is that it goes beyond that. Its purpose is to articulate how a certain feature will bring value to the customer.

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Meanings

User type: for whom we are developing

Action: what the user expects to happen

Benefit: why the user wants the action

4 Key Benefits of User Stories

User Stories give important context to the team and associate tasks with the value those tasks bring. User Stories:

  1. Focus on the user - A to-do list keeps the team focused on tasks that need to be checked off; stories put the team focused on solving problems for real users because they are written from their perspective, creating greater empathy for them.
  2. Enable collaboration - With the end goal outlined, the team can work together to determine how best to serve the user to meet that goal.
  3. Drive creative solutions - They encourage the team to think critically and creatively about how best to solve a problem, with a goal in mind.
  4. Create momentum - With each Storie passed, the development team enjoys a small challenge and a small victory.
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