What is the difference between software testing and software inspection?



  • In testing we listen more about software testing but no one ever heard about software inspection. So Anyone who is having good knowledge about testing field please explain in detail.



  • Here are my definitions of testing and inspection:

    Testing: is a process of planning, evaluating, and executing test cases across a system, function, component, etc, for the purposes of validating its purpose and finding bugs.

    Inspection: is a high-level process of reviewing software or work product by an independent person.

    One type of inspection that is common is a code/peer review where someone other than the author of the software looks at the code to ensure the correctness of syntax and logic. This is a brief, targeted review of the software, often just looking at the changes to ensure they make sense in the greater whole. This is an activity commonly performed by other software developers.

    Testing, on the other hand, goes broader, deeper, and in more detail than an inspection. Here is where you create a test plan/strategy and your test cases of the what and how you want to go about the act of testing. The act of testing is the execution of your test cases to validate the software is working as required and defined. This is where you also find bugs/defects. These activities are often performed by a software tester or quality engineer.

    The biggest differences I find are who performs the task and the degree of validation.




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