Once the development of a new product or system is complete, we have to execute alpha and beta testing. Alpha testing is generally performed in-house or within the organization and utilizes the expertise of developers, designers, testers, and other connected personnel, but what is beta testing? Beta testing involves a limited number of end-users, who use the product in a real-life environment, and once beta testing has been successfully executed, the results once implemented, can ensure the product provides an excellent user experience.
Beta Testing: A Road to Quality Product
Organizations select a test group to perform beta testing for a set duration. A proper testing strategy is needed to enable a defect-free product to be released, so it is imperative to communicate and transfer the concept to users to help them provide relevant feedback. Subsequently, any bugs that have eluded previously will now be eliminated in this phase. With the help of beta testing, we gain insight into usability and evaluate user satisfaction level.
Purpose and Importance
- Beat testing gives a complete overview of how the user interacts with the product
- Identification of missed bugs so the user can use the product without any glitches
- Using a variety of devices, ensures product compatibility with the real world
- The product is expected to run on a variety of platforms. A large user base can provide information on performance and speed
How Beta Testing is Performed
There are several ways to perform beta testing:
- Planning: To initiate beta testing, planning is necessary to achieve the end goal. Organizations must know the number of users required and an approximate time frame needed for the testing to be complete.
- Recruitment: Every project has budget constraints and limitations, but organizations must recruit the right number of participants to perform beta testing.
- Launching the Product: Organizations need to make sure all participants receive the installation packages such as the link to download and install the product. All necessary materials such as user manual, guidelines, and scope of testing must be shared with all participants.
- Feedback: All bugs should have been located and dealt with before reaching beta testing but the management process of any stray, late discover bugs should accurately collect feedback, suggestions, and issues. Later these can be evaluated to improve the product.
- Testing Closure: Beta testing should conclude once the specific criteria have been achieved and no further bugs arise. Incentives should be given to participants to maintain an excellent relationship to encourage brand loyalty.
Beta testing can be challenging in the following areas:ways:
- Recruitment: Hiring the right candidate for beta testing with the right skill set is not an easy task. Participants may not have the required level of expertise and understanding necessary to execute the testing.
- Feedback Evaluation: Collecting and filtering the feedback is another challenging task because not all of it is valuable.
- Time constraint: Beta testing can fails if insufficient time is given to participants to experience the product correctly. Neither should allocated time be overly long.
Releasing a product to discover later that it has flaws and glitches can be both expensive and damaging to a brand’s reputation. Beta testing helps by making it possible to evaluate the product’s performance from a user’s perspective, so any final improvements can be made before release to market.