Risk management is an extremely important stage of any software testing project as everything going o in IT is supported with multiple possible risks. Anything can happen are not valid words in the business world. Teams of testers and management are to be prepared to practically all that may happen. Potential risks are events or series of events causing a project to fail or bring less profit. Knowing your enemy is half the win. Hence this article will be telling about various kinds of risks you may face in a software testing project:
- External risks. Let’s begin with the ones that are the hardest to control. Unpredictable events that are beyond whatever your team may do. Some examples of such risks would be:
- Global changes in testing trends that are presenting more value than whatever procedures you were using;
- Funds running out;
- Any core changes in governmental rules and laws occurring software quality;
- Technical risks. These risks are potentially leading to failed testing sessions. Some examples of them could be:
- Constant changes in requirements;
- Unavailability of required technologies;
- Product is too complex for prepared tests;
- Legacy applications may tend to be difficult for proper unit testing;
- Risks related to budget. This one is obvious, the budget may have been estimated wrongly or there are any cost overruns or more testing is required meaning the project scope has expanded, etc.
- Schedule risks. These kinds of risks are related to reasons that may cause you to run out of required deadlines. Such risks may easily lead to overall project failure and even severe financial damage to the company. Some examples would be:
- A poor time estimation;
- Staff, resources and systems like test environments are poorly managed leading to testers with wrong skill sets doing inappropriate tasks;
- Failures in identifying key complications properly;
- Unexpected project expansions;
- Operational risks. The last but not least are the risks of doing things in a wrong way or due poor testing process implementation. Examples would be:
- Bugs are poorly prioritized;
- Responsibilities are resolved in an inappropriate manner;
- Testers have not been through proper training;
- Resources were planned poorly;
- Team communications are at their lowest.
Now, that you know what to prepare for you are armed and ready for your next testing project.
Created: 11 Feb 2015
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