Tech-focused healthcare organizations are working faster than ever to release new and updated software into the market before competitors. Along with developing higher quality applications in shorter project cycles, they are expected to produce software that works for an increasingly diverse set of users and technology platforms.
It might seem like meeting these expectations would make testing more complicated and time-consuming—but it doesn’t have to. Many organizations believe they must test every possible scenario during the quality assurance phase to ensure products are free of bugs and defects. But, the fact is, no software release is risk-free, no matter how many tests are conducted. Instead of spending more time, money and effort on testing, organizations can improve their chances of delivering cost-effective, defect-free applications by doing risk-based testing.
Risk-based testing helps organizations optimize testing by developing, prioritizing and executing test cases according to risk. Risks are identified for key features of the application, then mapped over to test cases, which are executed by priority.
Here are four ways risk-based testing can give your organization a competitive edge when testing and releasing new software applications.
Makes Testing More Relevant
Risk-based testing ensures that applications serve the needs of the business as well as the technical requirements of the software. It also evaluates risks from the business point of view and keeps testing aligned to the priorities of the organization and its customers.
Makes Testing More Cost-Effective
Keeping testing contained to what matters most helps organizations avoid repetitive, redundant testing costs and has the potential to cut spending by up to 50–70 percent.
Makes Testing More Efficient
Knowing what to test when and when testing is sufficient helps organizations better allocate resources when time and budgets are limited and accelerate their time to market.
Makes Testing More Successful
Uncovering critical defects in an application on the front end gives development teams more time to fix them and increases their chances of delivering a nearly defect-free application. Over time, releasing software with fewer defects in production can go a long way in helping organizations build credibility and customer satisfaction.
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