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Any application or software that you develop and implement to support your Business processes has to undergo rigorous testing phase. The testing done ensures that the expected functions are addressed along with the quality of the application / software.

What is Independent Testing?

Any application or software that you develop and implement to support your Business processes has to undergo rigorous testing phase. The testing done ensures that the expected functions are addressed along with the quality of the application / software.

Such testing of application / software is done by multiple groups depending on the types of testing being performed. These include, but not limited to,

  • Unit Testing: Done by the development team that develops the application/software where each developer tests his or her own development work.
  • System Integration Testing (SIT): Done by a team that is different from development team where all modules of the application / software are integrated and tested as one single piece of application.
  • User Acceptance Testing (UAT): Usually done by Business users who will be the beneficiaries or users of the developed application / software. At times, it is also performed by an independent team.

In each of the testing mentioned above, different aspects are tested and these broadly can be classified as:

  • Functional Tests: Where testers verify & validate if the system / module / application / software behaves as per the function or requirement specified and meets the expectations.
  • Non-functional tests: Where testing is done to check parameters such as response times, performance etc. is meeting the expectations.

When a team different from the one who developed the application / software, with a completely neutral stand point, taking the role as a Business user would do, performs testing then such a testing is called Independent Testing.

It is this independent testing team which will sign-off the Quality of application / software thus developed before the Business Users get to test it as part of UAT.

It is usually encouraged strongly to have a different vendor team doing the independent tests to avoid conflict of interest scenarios.

Who needs Independent Testing?

Every company or Organization that does application / software implementation, more so in a custom solution way, requires Independent testing.

Any company or organization that does one or more of the following would require independent testing:

  • Implementing a new technology based solutions i.e., application / software which is custom-built for the Organization.
  • Adding additional features / enhancements or modifications to existing applications / software.
  • Customizing readily-available product (off-the-shelf Product) to suit to your business needs.
  • Any technology based changes done to your application / software that would require verification of functions once again that were already working fine.

Why Independent Testing?

  • To get a completely neutral and third person view on the Quality of application / software that is to be implemented.
  • To avoid the defensive & conflicting scenario where development & testing is done by one and the same team.
  • Independent team of testers (trained & experienced for testing) approaches the tests as an End-user (Business user) view-point giving the right-edge to verification & validation of the solution.

When Independent Testing?

  • When any business has a development team / vendor working on a technology based solution and require a different team/vendor to verify & validate the solution thus developed.
  • When a business wants to avoid development teams’ influence on Quality Control.
  • When any business / organization want to reduce additional costs on retaining an in-house Quality Control / Testing Team.

Advantages of Independent Testing

  • Best way to have a completely neutral assessment on Quality of the solution developed.
  • Since Independent testing covers all aspects of testing, User Acceptance test will be faster when the End-users actually test.
  • Avoids conflict of interest where development team finds bugs / defects in its own work.
  • Approach to testing is more from Business view than from just technical view.
  • Gives an opportunity for the Business Users to review their requirements / expectations when functional issues are identified or pointed out by the Independent testing team.
  • Client derives double benefit when each vendor is responsible & accountable for his / her own area of work. For example, testing vendor is accountable for ensuring testing happens right.
  • Business Domain knowledge of independent testing teams value-add to the testing done and hence to the Client.

What do we do in Independent Testing?

  • TESTING
    • Concept & Strategy preparation of Testing Phases.
    • Preparation & Execution of Test Cases for different types of tests & test phases.
    • Manual & Automation Testing.
  • CONSULTANCY & MANAGEMENT
    • Test Management.
    • Test Strategy & Concept Consultancy.

Who do we cater to in Independent Testing?

  • Banking, Financial Services & Insurance (BFSI)
  • Manufacturing
  • Health Care
  • Retail
  • Tourism.