Software testing is the most important thing you do. But is everything you do truly important?

This question applies to countless industries and professions that suffer from the “busy work” illness. Whether it’s convening $100 meetings to solve $1 problems… or spending 40 hours to tackle a 5-minute project, there’s an enormous amount of waste that goes into (or comes out of) our daily working lives.

Although we’re huge advocates of the idea that software testing is never truly done, we also argue that it’s easy to become slave to timesaving QA testing tools that actually suck up time. We delude ourselves into thinking that we’re more productive, but in truth, we’re simply filling up our days with “busy-ness” and not “business.”

Again, this is a disease that affects all industries – from education to music to medicine. But below are some of the more pernicious culprits pulled from the world of test management software.

Using QA Testing Tools Whose Manuals Require Manuals

Have you ever opened up a software test management system whose manuals needed their own manuals?

If you’re a true problem-solver, you may indeed derive some enjoyment from decoding this Rosetta Stone, so you can in turn decipher the hieroglyphs behind the message. But this is a huge time-waster – and one you can easily spot early on since it’s a problem you discover soon after opening the box.

Solution: stick with QA testing tools that require minimal training or explanation.

When Software Testing Setup Requires Setup

Similar to manuals that need manuals, this issue is very frustrating because it slows down your progress. It comes in many different forms, but in most cases, it involves:

  • Too many clicks or disclaimer forms
  • Excessive logins and authorization codes
  • Slow uploads and “Are you sure” boxes
  • Too many screens and hard to find options

Fair enough – the first time you use a new piece of software, you can expect some of these start-up woes. But if your QA testing tools require this whole song and dance each time you want to run a new test, you’re losing productivity. Pure and simple.

Solution: stick with QA testing tools with saved profiles, intuitive defaults, and minimal start-up times.

Verification That Needs Verification

At Testuff, we hate this one. Really hate it. You take an action, and nothing happens. Actually it does but you can’t tell it…. So you have to go into the system and verify whether or not the action ever truly happened. In the real world, when someone doesn’t RSVP, it’s just rude. In the digital world, it’s just stupid.

Solution: stick with a test management system that provides real-time, immediate, and comprehensive feedback, so that you don’t have to ask a second time.

Confusing, Slow, and Limited Test Management Systems

This one is easy to spot. No one enjoys testing on slow platforms with limited options and a confusing interface. I’m not even sure this is worth expanding. I’ll just offer the solution.

Solution: stick with QA testing tools that are fast, intuitive, and feature-rich.

Finding the Flow in Software Test Management

As mentioned above, we’re firm believers in more testing, better testing, and smarter testing. Ours is a job that never truly ends. But by removing the aforementioned time-wasters from your workflow, you actually find more defects in less time. The end result – superior products developed using fewer resources.

Agree? Disagree? Comment down below.