As individuals, we have to check ourselves from time to time to make sure we’re healthy and to take care of any complications either in our physical or psychological health. The same goes for your nonprofit organization, and more so with your digital assets – your websites and apps. This is where continuous testing comes in.

In this post, we take you through the entirety of continuous testing and how your nonprofit can leverage that for a better digital experience.

Understanding continuous testing

Continuous testing is a series of testing to ensure that quality software is delivered. Instead of testers sitting down and waiting for developers to finish and send the product for the test, continuous testing says that testing should be ongoing while the team builds the product – and thus by the time the product, app, or website is done, testing might have also been concluded.

Continuous testing is thus, part and parcel of the entire software development lifecycle. The process ensures that any bugs or issues associated with a digital asset are found and resolved rapidly – while feedback is inculcated into the product as the team builds.

According to DZone, “CT is the process of testing early, testing often, testing comprehensively, and using automation to achieve cohesive release goals.”

The importance of continuous testing for your nonprofit digital projects

Immediate feedback

With continuous testing, your software development teams is able to get great feedback on what they’re building. This also speeds the efficiency of the entire development cycle.

Risk reduction

Continuous testing reduces your nonprofit’s risks of running into a glitch at the last minute.

The overall cost of defects is reduced

Since continuous testing is done while the software is being built, the overall cost of defects or issues are reduced.

Smooth development transition

Continuous testing is able to create a smooth development lifecycle, making sure that all barriers between developing, testing, and operations are removed.

Factors to consider when undertaking continuous testing

  • Make sure tests are ready to be implemented once a related functionality is about to be implemented
  • Ensure that the testing process is an integral part of the software development process
  • Your nonprofit organization should have criteria for determining which type of test should be undertaken at every stage. If you’re using the services of a web or software development agency, they should be able to set these criteria.
  • Tests should be undertaken as fast as possible to ensure that the testing itself doesn’t become the thing that delays the software development process.
  • Additionally, consider stabilizing the testing process so it doesn’t serve as a distraction

Conclusion

With agile and DevOps growing every day, a lot of applications are now released every day. Also, the architecture for testing has become more distributed and seamless as a result of microservices and cloud services. This means there are more resources to make testing a part and parcel of the testing process without distracting the software development process.

As a nonprofit, whether you’re using an in-house development team or using the services of a web development agency, you need to ensure that whatever software you’re building has continuous testing inculcated.