Pilot testing is the type of software testing where a group of users operates the software in totality before the final launch or deployment. This testing verifies the system under a real-time operating condition. The users share feedback about the experience and quality of the software.
Need for Pilot testing
The purpose of pilot testing is to evaluate the feasibility, time, cost, risk, and performance of the software. Improvements are made on the software according to the feedback received from end-users after the completion of the Pilot test to meet the end-user expectations. It is a way to ensure that meets all the user’s expectations.
Objectives of Pilot testing
The objectives of the pilot testing are:
- To evaluate the feasibility and performance of the product.
- To find end user’s reactions towards the software.
- To measure the success of the program.
- To make a better decision on allotment of time and resources.
- The experience of pilot testing is shared with the internal team to uncover the usability defects.
Requisites For Pilot Testing
The main requisites for conducting successful Pilot Testing are:
Appropriate Environment Building – The appropriate environment is required to perform pilot testing. The Environment where the testing is going to happen should be the same as a real-time environment with proper hardware and software setup. Therefore, it is essential to building the same environment and situation.
Finding The Right Mix Of Testers – In performing Pilot Testing the test manager ensures that there is a correct mix of testers who actually represent the target audience otherwise the evaluation of the end-user experience cannot be judged correctly.
Adequate Planning – Planning is a must to perform testing. While conducting a Pilot test it is needed to ensure that the resources are in place in the right measure. For example, if the manpower is less then, sufficient examiners will not be available. In the same manner, if there is a shortage of equipment then the Pilot Test will be considered insufficient. planning leads to the creation of suitable test scenarios that are useful in creating the test environment.
Pilot Testing Process
This is the first step of pilot testing which includes the test plan creation of the testing process that is going to happen. It includes the procedure and steps that are going to be followed in the testing process.
After planning the preparation for a gathering of different attributes for the testing process is done. The group of end-users is also selected in this step.
Once all the preparations are done and the group of end-users is selected then the software is deployed. The appropriate environment is set up for each end-user to perform testing.
The result of the testing is evaluated performed by a group of testers and the response of the software is recorded.
Once the evaluation of the testing process is done and it is found that the software meets the requirements of the end-users then the software is launched in the market.
Good Practice for Pilot Testing
- It is appropriate to schedule the pilot test two days before the usability test.
- Make sure not to initiate the pilot test until all users, customers and project team agreed on the criteria for a successful result
- Ensure users report the issues found during testing, share their concerns, and suggestions (if they have any) for improvement.
- Inform users of the purpose, length, and progress of the pilot project.
Advantages of Pilot Testing
- It helps with guessing the software success rate.
- It perfects the software