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5 Common Project Risks

There are risks in everything that businesses attempt. From moving into new markets to recruiting and assembling new teams, most aspects have situations which unless managed expertly, can easily go wrong.

In this, software testing is no different. Given the vast amount of man hours, revenue and commitment, even the smallest problem can snowball if left unattended. As such, it is important to work alongside an expert testing team, and set of consultants, which can support your plans and help overcome mission critical, important risks.

Five of the most common risks during software testing are as follows...

1) Employee turnover

Projects can easily fail when key members of the team depart suddenly. Taking away information, momentum and experience can derail even the steadiest of projects.

However, through increased collaboration and information sharing with team members, this problem can easily be solved. Known as the "bus factor", multiple people within the same project share all their information and data with each other. This means that if someone does leave abruptly, other people understand the direction that the project is heading and what needs to happen next.

It is important for businesses to note that the more engaging and collaborative the software project is, the less chance there is of key members departing anyway.

2) Schedule problems

Progressing a long software project can have its challenges especially when small and achievable goals are missing the mark. Developing a piece of software can be a nightmare so it pays to get some assistance along the way.

At TTC, we are able to analyse your entire project schedule. This includes looking your testing strategy and seeing if it works into the goals of your stakeholders and the business itself. It's also a great idea to get early feedback and direction from your stakeholders to ensure they are happy with project progression and don't interfere with anything that can delay growth.

3) Software defects

There is no doubt that software testing is a key component of detecting any problems. However, it is the mark of a progressive and forward-thinking business to come back from the lows and respond in a way that directs the project the right way.

By having TTC's experts on hand during the software testing process, any defects found can be analysed and a plan put in place to ensure there are no delays. Ignoring problems and risks until late in the project timeline can cause major problems so ensure that regular testing processes are carried out.

4) Leadership and productivity

While one person can't run a software testing project alone, it does require a leadership figure installed to keep productivity ticking over. These projects can stretch for many months so it is vital to keep all members of the team working towards the same goal. 

Again, TTC can play a major role in this aspect. By helping develop the test strategy, resources can be managed in an economic way that keeps all parties on task. 

5) Lack of testing skills

Software project often get more complex as the business delves deeper into the project. As such, it can sometimes get to the point where the right people are involved, but don't have the right skills.

As such, TTC have a wide range of training opportunities available to ensure that the entire software testing process runs smoothly. This includes TOSCA, ISTQB and customised training courses. By improving your software testing skills, it can mean projects in the future remain closer to stakeholder expectations and achieve goals.

For more information about software testing risk management, contact the expert team at TTC today.