Risk based testing is an approach to testing to reduce the level of product risks and inform stakeholders of their status, starting in the initial stages of a project.
Risk based testing involves the identification of product risks and the use of risk levels to guide the test process while aiming to minimize quality risks to an acceptable level.
It is impossible to achieve zero quality risk.
Risk based testing is a type of testing which is performed based on risk probability. Assessment of risk is involved in this testing technique, which involves many factors such as defect prone areas, frequency of usage, business criticality, complexity, etc.
Various factors are involved in risk based testing like prioritizing the testing of features, modules, and functions of the Application Under Test based on the impact and likelihood of failures.
Risks can be termed as positive risks or negative risks. Positive risks help in business sustainability and are referred to as opportunities. For example, the development of a new product, bringing change in the process of business, investment in a new project.
Negative risks are referred to as threats, and they must be eliminated or minimized so that the project may be successful.
There are several steps in the risk based testing modality, such as:
- Risk Identification
- Assessing the risks
- Risks Mitigation
- Risk Management
There are considerable benefits for organizations using a risk based testing approach, such as:
- More organization-wide focus on regulatory outcomes, resources and activities
- Greater flexibility to adapt to changing conditions
- Increased transparency through clear outcomes and accountability
Additionally, there’s generally a greater customer focus with risk based testing thorough tests on features that affect customers most directly. This improves business performance, reduces the probability of negative reviews, and generally minimizes the impact of each identified risk.
Want to learn more? Tonex offers Risk Based Testing Training, a 2-day workshop that introduces the key concepts and principals behind risk management and how it should be applied to testing.
Risk Based Testing training course provides an overview of risk analysis fundamentals, its application to testing, focusing on software testing with the key objectives of reducing the cost of the project test phase, reducing time in the system lifecycle and reducing future potential production costs by optimizing the test process in verification and validation phases.
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