Failure to design a proper test plan could lead to allocating precious resources to items that have a lower priority, or even worse, not allocating enough towards items that are critical to the success of the project.
Without a properly designed test plan you may even neglect to test a portion of your software. If you are using the waterfall approach and you leave the testing until the end of the project, you may find that a significant problem could cause you to have to redesign the entire project.
The cost of finding and fixing bugs increases as the software development lifecycle goes on.
Customers who purchase your products might be unhappy with your product. They may perceive that other products from your company may also contain bugs and, therefore, may decide to purchase a competing product. If customers try a competing product and like it, they may never try your product again.
Customers will contact your technical support which could increase your costs. Customers may return your product. Increased returns lead the vendors that sell your product to become unhappy. This could lead to inferior product placement or the dropping of your product altogether. You may have to develop a patch for your product, pulling programming resources away from other revenue generating activities.
Depending on your product, you could get sued if it does not perform as it should. If you are a developer, you may not get considered for the next project. If you have a website and it cannot handle the volume of traffic that you are getting, you may be losing sales because people can not access your site or customers don’t want to wait for your slow response times.
These are just a few of the risks associated with improper testing of your product. Most of these risks are difficult to quantify, however, one thing is certain: improper testing will cost you money!
Devlogic Quality Assurance can show you how to build quality into your product development lifecycle, saving you money in the long run.