Testing Methodologies

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Software Development Life Cycle methodologies are available for executing software development projects. Although each methodology is designed for a specific purpose and has its own advantages and disadvantages, most methodologies divide the life cycle into phases and share tasks across these phases. Few commonly used methodologies in actual testing:

Waterfall model: is one of the earliest structured models for software development. It consists of the following sequential phases through which the development life cycle progresses:

  • Requirement Gathering
  • Analysis phase,
  • Software Design,
  • Implementation and Testing
  • Maintenance

V model: is an extension of the waterfall model. Instead of moving down in a linear way, the process steps are bent upwards after the coding phase, to form the typical V shape. The V-Model demonstrates the relationships between each phase of the development life cycle and its associated phase of testing. (Its is also know as Verification and Validation model).


Agile model: Agile Methods break the product into small incremental builds. These builds are provided in iterations. Each iteration typically lasts from about one to three weeks. Every iteration involves cross functional teams working simultaneously on various areas like planning, requirements analysis, design, coding, unit testing, and acceptance testing.

Agile model believes that every project needs to be handled differently and the existing methods need to be tailored to best suit the project requirements. In agile the tasks are divided to time boxes (small time frames) to deliver specific features for a release.




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