Structured Bug Testing
Make sure the core functions of your digital product are bug-free. Let the Crowd test it step-by-step according to detailed use cases.
STRUCTURED BUG TESTING – ADVANTAGES
Ensure your product’s functionality on every device
Let the Crowd test your core functions step-by-step
Get detailed error documentation including screenshots and screencasts
Live tracking and exporting of bugs to JIRA
Leverage Structured Bug Testing to bring the quality of your digital products to the next level!
What is Structured Bug Testing?
A structured bug test is one part of quality assurance testing. As the name already suggests, in scripted or structured bug tests the testers follow detailed test scripts to identify bugs and other malfunctions. Scripted testing is a type of software QA that can be used to test each and every functionality of a digital product.
The entire testing process is broken down into small steps that the testers have to follow. Of course, those steps highly depend on the specified goals and the expected outcome of the system testing.
When performing a structured bug test, testers need to follow the test scenario of a specific functionality step-by-step.
When you want to do software quality assurance (SQA) by using a scripted or structured test you need an experienced QA Manager to write out the high-level scripts for the QA testers. Those QA experts need to make sure that the testers get a clear idea of what should happen. For example, when testers are asked to click a button or fill in a form, the test cases have to include instructions about the expected outcome of their actions. Only that way can you properly check if your digital product is working the way it’s supposed to.
However, there’s a fine line between a detailed test and one that is too detailed, and therefore too time-consuming in its individual steps.
Difference to Exploratory Bug Testing
Exploratory testing and scripted testing differ quite a lot when it comes to goals and search results. The biggest difference lies in the control over what testers are doing. When conducting an exploratory bug test you let testers freely look for bugs you wouldn’t expect. On the other hand, in a structured bug test, you focus on the key functionality of your digital product. Looking left or right is not wanted in a scripted bug test – testers must follow the test scenario step-by-step.
Following a strict scenario makes sure that all testers test the same functionalities, and that every core feature of your digital product will be checked. However, this offers no chance to let testers find alternative ways of fulfilling the given task and therefore might narrow down the outcome. So, a structured bug test is suitable for you if you want to check core features and/or make sure that your digital product is running bug-free on every device, software, operating system and browser. A structured bug test gives you easily compared results in a very short time.
Another advantage of a scripted bug test is exactly this strict setup. It makes tracking with issue trackers like JIRA, or on a Confluence page very easy, as every ticket is tied to a certain test scenario.
The Challenge: is my digital product running on every device?
The device landscape is constantly growing – the possible combinations of devices, software, operating systems, and browsers is almost infinite. It can be overwhelming and a bit scary having to ensure that a digital product is running smoothly on all of them.
For your product, you might want to test throughout the development lifecycle because from the beta phase until after your software is released, there are always certain bugs. And surely you’d like to test on specific devices so that you can further optimize your software. Perhaps you’re planning on integrating a new feature and want to check the functionality of the software before releasing the modified product to the market. Or maybe you already know which areas you would like to test, but you are lacking a suitable testing environment, testers, or certain devices.
Agile methodologies make it necessary for testing to be able to be run quickly and along the entire development life cycle. Complicated testing tools might be working fine but simply take too much time.
The Solution: evaluate your core functions with Structured Bug Testing
Imagine you could let real users of your target group test your digital product on a whole bunch of different devices. That would be great, right? So, Crowdtesting is the solution for you. We have a Crowd consisting of more than 400,000 testers around the world with over 900,000 devices at their fingertips. With the help of more than 65 demographic criteria, we find testers that exactly match your target group. Our Crowd works through specific and detailed test cases step-by-step. Almost every click they perform during functional testing is planned and there’s a large focus on the documentation of every action the testers take. Afterwards, you can easily export bugs to a bug tracker like JIRA.
Three Bug Tests for High-class Media Centres
“The tester feedback was very useful for us. They discovered indeed a few critical bugs. But it’s always better the testers encounter the bugs, and not the end-users.(…) We could export the bug list from the platform very easily and pass it on to our developers. That way we know exactly when and on which devices the bugs occurred”
Urszula Styrczula, Customer Care Manager at nexx.tv
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