Quality is delighting customers
The testing aim is to recognize any usability problems, gather qualitative and quantitative data and establish the participant’s fulfillment with the product.
Usability testing is an essential element of quality assurance. It is the measure of a product’s potential to accomplish the goals of the user. Usability testing is a method by which users of a product are asked to perform certain tasks in an effort to measure the product’s ease-of-use, task time, and the user’s perception of the experience. This look as a unique usability practice because it provides direct input on how real users use the system. Usability testing measures human-usable products to fulfill the users purpose.
I will try to answer one of the frequently asked questions in software testing, and that is "What is usability testing"? This is one type of validation where we test the system from user's prospect. The goal of this is to analyze the following areas:
Does the UI of the system meets all the user specifications or after using one time the user will never use the application again?
Here is the first thing we check is the application navigation system to ensure all the pages or forms can be navigated from one to another without any fault.
Next, we analyze if the look and feel, screen labels are correct and unambiguous.
Third, all the standard windows controls are present. This is very important for the usability perspective as most of the users are used to with all the standard windows or browser controls and if some of them are missing or in the wrong place they may face difficulty to navigate through the application.
The next major objective of the usability testing is to test the application in a lab environment which closely simulated the actual user environment. We also try to match the load of the production systems. Usually, production of data will be used during this testing to get a practical result from the application under test. This mitigates the risk of having surprised after prod deployment of the application.
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Usability Testing- It is a method that is being used during functional testing services to evaluate how easy a website is to use. This is black box testing technique where the testers tests the ease with which the user interface can be used to confirm if the application or the product built is user-friendly or not.
Benefit of Usability Testing is to identify errors in the system early in development cycle so that product can be saved from failure. That is why; this testing is recommended during the initial design phase of SDLC.
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