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Introduction to website quality assurance testing

Introduction to website quality assurance testing

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    • Beginner’s QA Testing of Websites
  • Who I Am...
    • Part of the team at Lucidus, an Internet Strategy & Services Firm
    • interface designer; HTML/CSS developer
    • QA tester
    • Analytics and usability consultant
    • Regional account manager
    • The “South Florida office”
  • The Commodity Is Not As Important As The Way It Is Delivered.
    • We deliver a proven process that combines engineering precision with creative flexibility
    What We Care About:
  • What is Quality Assurance?
    • QA is part of all good production processes.
    • Quality Assurance (QA) is part of the process that ensures:
    • quality in work
    • activities are being performed effectively
    • the product meets requirements
  • What’s unique about Website QA? =
  • It’s Not Equal
    • Website QA has some differences:
      • functions, benefits and production costs are not as easily measured as a physical product
      • when a website is deployed, it is not necessarily “complete”... it lives, it evolves, is updated. “Finished” is a term applied for the purpose of releasing it for use.
  • The Challenge
    • Processes and methods to manage, monitor, and measure quality in websites and apps can be as fluid and elusive as the defects they are meant to keep in check.
    • For processes and methods to be most effective, you need to implement both web standards and company guidelines .
  • QA Testing is not limited to Usability or Cross-Browser Testing
    • Usability is an essential part of QA
    • Cross-browser testing is tests for acceptable display in modern browsers
    • QA tests the entire process, including functional accuracy
    QA Function, Design and Usability
  • The Benefits of QA
    • Improved client satisfaction: profitable relationships, good testimonials, waves of referrals
    • Reduced cost of development: fewer defects, streamlined and simplified stages of development, retesting runs smoothly, deployment on time, on budget
    • Reduced cost of maintenance: good development is less troublesome to support, support is costly
  • Methodology of QA
    • Validation testing: entering erroneous data to test for an expected result
      • what is the expected result?
      • should this error have happened?
      • if this error is likely to happen, is there any way we might prevent its occurrence?
  • Form Validation
    • character limit, add more chars than the field
    • do the unexpected, try to break the form
    • form submits when numbers or characters are entered in the fields: 1,2,3,4,5 etc. “ ” & ‘ ( ) ’
  • Methodology of QA
    • Data comparison: compares the output of an application to previously entered data
      • if the appropriate data types are entered, are we getting the correct result?
      • does the way the page delivers or displays those results make sense?
      • is there anything about this part of the application that should be more obvious?
  • Data Input vs. Output
    • does it make sense?
    • any inconsistencies with the data entry?
    • test and change the data entry and see if output updates the same way
  • Methodology of QA
    • Usability Testing: tests out how users actually use a website, to match it more closely to what user needs
      • is the user doing what we expected in the manner we expected?
      • are they finding and performing tasks?
      • where are the weaknesses in the design?
      • where and why are tasks not being completed?
      • how can we assist the user?
  • Usability
    • does it make sense?
    • how can we improve the design?
    • how can we help the user know what to do?
    • how can we assist workflow?
    • Testing often and little is far more valuable and cost effective than doing one whopping big usability test of an entire site when it is almost finished. - Steve Krug, “Don’t Make Me Think”
  • Testing Guidelines
    • Test by developer repeatedly as critical sections are finished, to validate functionality
    • Test when all sections are ready and “code complete”
      • not involved with the site in any way
      • new to the website (don’t ask them twice)‏
      • familiar with the web in general
    • Use an outside user or colleague who is:
      • colleagues may provide very useful feedback
  • Learn the requirements
    • Examples of requirements:
      • A streamlined, purposeful interface that is easy to understand and navigate, with obvious links, and no clutter
      • Forms use inline validation to assist user
      • Actions which cannot be undone should ask for confirmation
      • An online forum where users can add topics, edit their posts, and comment
  • Gather use cases from the developer and account management team
    • Use cases specify how users carry out a task in the website. Examples include:
      • Complete application start to finish
      • Start, Save, then Continue later
      • Change status; Verify update to status
      • Filter and reorder list
      • Add or Edit an item
      • Search for an item
  • Draft a Checklist for the tester for what to test
    • Content
    • spelling, grammar, mechanics
    • all critical information is present
    • titles, headers, and navigation labeled correctly
    • Graphics and layout
    • image quality
    • download time
    • text layout
    • alignment of elements
    • color accuracy
    • User preference
    • font size and link colors
      • Browser compatibility
      • check on different platforms
      • check on different browsers
      • Functionality
      • form validation
      • erroneous data
      • input vs. output
      • meets expectations
      • makes sense
  • Draft a questions for the tester to ask during testing
    • Does the user:
    • gets the point of the page(s)‏
    • understands the navigation system
    • can guess where to find things.
    • In a general test you want to know:
    • how do users interact with the web site?
    • what is difficult to do?
    • where do they get lost?
    • what makes sense to them?
    • what makes them feel distrustful or insecure?
    • what do they like and hate?
    • In a specific test you might want to know, for example:
    • can the user accomplish a key task?
    • can the user find something specific
  • Create a testing matrix
  • Then... Test!
    • Test in all browsers needed to meet requirements:
      • Firefox 2
      • Safari
      • Internet Explorer 6
      • Internet Explorer 7
    • Document findings!!!
  • Get the Benefits
    • No surprises late in the game
    • You KNOW it works and can stand by it confidently
    • You can sleep at night
    • Happy clients
    • Long-term clients
    • Deliver real value
  • Thank You! Resources and Q&A
    • “ Designing the Obvious: a common sense approach to web application design” by Robert Hoekman, Jr.
    • Hoekman’s Design Description Documents http:// rhjr .net/ ddd /
    • Web Commandments http:// rhjr .net/ eReader / webCommandments .html
    • “ About Face 2.0: The Essentials of Interaction Design” by Alan Cooper & Robert Reimann
    • “ The Elements of User Experience: User-centered Design for the Web” by Jesse James Garrett
    • “ Communicating Design: Developing Web Site Documentation for Design and Planning” by Dan M. Brown
    • Website Checklist http://www. chromaticsites .com/web-design- blog /2008-05-26/the-official-successful-website-checklist-challenge/