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Benefits of Documentation in Software Testing

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Bangalore: Documenting the testing process not only gives a tester an overview of the product, but it also saves time, effort as well as money. Documentation is an important component of the software testing process and it provides a systematic approach to testing as well as a proper information about the product as testers shouldn’t rely only on verbal communication. It can either be from a customer’s point of view or that of the client.

Documentation consists of the requirements, test plan, test strategy and walkthrough.

A write up on highlights some benefits of documentation and how it can add up to an organization’s long term goals.

1.    Removes Uncertainties
The main reason behind documentation is to either reduce or remove any uncertainties with regards to the product. It also removes the confusion that often arises when it comes to the allocation of tasks.

2.    Offer good training material to fresher’s
Documentation not only provides a systematic approach to software testing, but also offers good training material to freshers in the software testing space. Rather than using tactics to learn how to implement the process, software testers can learn by using the material.

3.    Good Marketing Strategy
Documentation in software testing can also be a good marketing as well as a good sales strategy to display ones preference towards maintaining a good process.

4.    Good Coverage and Estimating the Project’s Deadline
Documentation can not only offer the testing teams a good coverage of the product but also lets them determine the deadline as well as the scope of the project.

It should always be remembered that QA projects that have all the required documents have a high level of maturity.

Although, with the various benefits of documentation and the availability of documentation templates on the internet, many companies are giving little importance to documentation.

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