In an ideal world, there would be no situation or circumstance that could place any sort of limitation on the amount of testing done throughout the software development process. Unfortunately, it is frequently the case that the situations and circumstances faced by an organization result in substantial time restrictions that stress all aspects of software development.

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When operating under a time crunch, software testing often goes by the wayside. Given the critical importance of testing processes, is it possible for organizations — including those who rely on JIRA — to avoid such a compromise? Due to the availability of strategies like risk-based testing as well as JIRA test case management software tools, it is indeed possible to enhance the overall efficiency of the testing process to such a degree that even the most stringent of deadlines will not have an adverse effect on the quality of the software that is ultimately delivered.

Simply put, risk-based testing is a strategy that allows testers to focus only the most critical functions and features of the software. Although it is always most ideal to test every last feature and function, real-world circumstances often require the use of risk-based testing strategies specifically designed based on a project’s most pressing needs and priorities.

Best Practices in Identifying Testing Priorities

Of course, identifying the features and functions most deserving of prioritization during the testing process is not always obvious. Fortunately for JIRA users, there are a number of specific tools capable of introducing an additional degree of clarity to what can be a difficult task. Some of the specific risk-based testing tools available for JIRA users include Risk Register and Visualizer for JIRA.

Visualizer for JIRA is especially effective when it comes to organizing a project according to specific testing priorities. Since the reporting is largely based in text and the charting is numerical, test process priorities can be visually organized with the option of including an X- and Y-axis. Since the manner in which various issues interact with one another is made quite obvious through the use of Visualizer for JIRA, the testing process enjoys even greater efficiency while ensuring testing priorities are properly addressed during the software development process.

Time demands are to be expected in the field of software development, but that does not mean the testing process has to be compromised as a result. With strategies like risk-based testing as well as tools like Risk Register and Visualizer for JIRA, software testing teams can easily identify testing priorities that yield a greater degree of efficiency while still ensuring the on-time production of high-quality software.