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Regression Testing

Sometimes fixing one bug leads to another. That is why you should always verify that your bug fixes do not negatively impact the functionality of other parts of your digital product.

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Why should you regression test with real users?

Following every new release, bug fix or software changes, our experienced testers – potentially familiar with your product – can check for new bugs or malfunctions. With crowdtesting, you can run efficient regression tests, bypassing the need to develop automated software testing, saving valuable time and resources.

Keep your product bug-free after every release
Ensure that new features don’t cause issues – on any device
Let experienced testers create test cases and execute them – flexible, fast and in every iteration
Choose between structured or exploratory regression testing
The Challenge

Fixing errors should not lead to new bugs

Addressing bugs in your digital product is one aspect; ensuring bug fixes and new features do not cause issues in unforeseen areas is quite another. Rushed bug fixes and insufficient testing can unintentionally create fresh issues, undermining the functionality of your digital product.

Even small changes in the source code of your application, website or digital product can cause a domino effect of problems. Yet detecting these problems can be time-consuming and nerve-racking as they could be completely unrelated to the changes made.

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Test automation is often used for the sake of efficiency and thoroughness. However, in many cases, manual testing is preferable, especially considering the considerable amount of effort required to create test cases for automated testing.

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The Solution

Regression testing – manually with the Crowd

Regression tests help ensure fixed bugs are working correctly and that all other functionalities continue to behave as intended.

Testing, finding bugs, fixing bugs, and testing again – that’s what your development life cycle should ideally look like. But most of the time this plan fails due to a lack of time and resources.

With our Crowd of over 1,000,000 testers and their expertise in creating test cases, you can regression test any digital product in a flexible and efficient manner.

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You can perform exploratory or structured regression tests in real-world conditions and repeat after each iteration or modification of your software.

Depending on your requirements, this repetition can be performed by the same or an entirely new group of testers. With our testing platform, the Nest, you can monitor your entire test and export bugs to your own bug tracking software like JIRA or Redmine for immediate fixes.

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What is Regression Testing?

Every little change in the software and code of your digital product can have unexpected consequences. Regression testing in software QA means testing software after a development cycle to ensure everything works as intended.

It definitely makes sense to test applications, website performance or other areas of quality assurance after rebuilding the code of your digital product. The purpose is to make sure, there are no bugs that have been accidentally introduced into the new version, and to guarantee that previously fixed bugs do not cause new trouble.

The primary objectives of a regression test

It is essential, that no bugs are accidentally introduced into the new version, and to guarantee that previously fixed bugs do not cause new trouble.

Not only does a regression test validate that any modifications haven’t caused previously working functionality to stop working, but it also ensures that all existing functionalities remain intact and functional.

A regression test helps ensure the reliability and stability of the software and reduces the risk of unexpected issues when it’s out in the real world.

Who runs a regression test?

Traditionally, regression tests have been performed by the software QA team after a development cycle. They normally perform regression testing as unit testing or functional testing.

While unit testing focuses on individual parts (units) of the software and ensures that they are working as intended, functional testing puts emphasis on the functions or features of the digital product – not only on separate units.

How to run a regression test

Commonly, QA testers re-run testing scenarios that were written when a bug appeared for the first time. By repeating this test after every release or iteration you can make sure that all old bugs remain fixed.

This repetition can be time-consuming after just a few releases and bug fixes. That’s why it’s useful to use automation testing tools for these kinds of repetitive tasks.

However, manual regression tests are common as well. Unlike automation software in QA automation, real testers can add additional benefits.

Besides that, setting up a test automation framework also takes a lot of effort before it’s finally running. This makes automated testing useful only if you have a lot of releases in a short amount of time.

Manual Regression Testing with the Crowd

If you don’t plan to invest in automation tools but still need quick and reliable test results, crowdtesting is a highly viable solution. Software testers from all over the world test on real devices and real browsers.

You can provide testers with structured test scripts to precisely examine specific functions that require closer inspection, or you can allow them to perform an exploratory test, with the hope of detecting previously unidentified bugs. It’s also possible to combine UI tests with structured system testing.

Additionally, no matter which type of regression test you choose, you can opt to run tests regularly to always ensure that your latest release is still problem-free.


What’s the difference between Regression Testing and Retesting?

Regression testing involves verifying that new code changes haven’t negatively impacted existing functionalities, while retesting focuses on confirming that previously identified defects have been fixed.

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