If you’re not sure whether your testing process is efficient, there are a few things to keep an eye out for. Here are seven of them:

1. The test plan is rarely updated.

A well-organized test plan is essential for any manual testing project. It serves as an organizational tool and helps testers understand their role in the project's overall goal. It also ensures that everyone involved knows what needs to be tested and how long it will take them to do so. If you aren't updating your test plan frequently enough, it could mean that your team isn't working efficiently or effectively enough.

2. Your QA process is not documented properly.

Manual testing can be a very time-consuming process, which is why it's important to document each step of your testing process as you go along. This will make it much easier for others to follow along if they need to pick up where you left off, and it will also help prevent errors from being repeated over and over again throughout the entire project lifecycle. To make things even easier, you can use a test management tool to orchestrate your entire QA process in one place, which will make it easier for everyone on your team to stay up-to-date with the latest changes.

3. Test execution sometimes fails.

When it comes to automation, we all want to have a 100% success rate. But the fact is that it's not always possible. The key is to find out why and fix it.

You can do this by going through the logs and fixing any issues you find. You should also look for any common issues with your tests and their environment (for example, if you're using Selenium WebDriver).

Identify why these tests are failing and make sure they won't fail again in the future. If the test can't be fixed, delete it from the suite so that it doesn't waste your time anymore.

4. Test defects are sometimes caused by the same reason multiple times.

If this happens, look at your failures and try to figure out why it keeps happening over and over again. The chances are that there will be a problem with your test environment, or something else causing the same error repeatedly. Once you've identified what those issues are, you'll be able to solve them and move on with your work more efficiently than before.

5. Unexpected defects are often found in production.

This can be due to several reasons such as inadequate or lack of testing or faulty requirements. For instance, if you have conducted some tests on a feature but failed to find any bugs, then there might be some missing information in the test plan. In this case, you will need to conduct more tests so that you can identify all the problems related to this particular feature and fix them before releasing the product into production.

6. There are rarely any disadvantages to testing the product.

One sign that your testing process is efficient is if there are barely any disadvantages to doing so. This means that you are not spending too much time testing the same thing over and over again. It also means that you are not wasting money on unnecessary tests as well. If your testing process is efficient, then it will help you fix bugs faster than before and also reduce the chances of encountering similar problems in the future.

7. Test coverage is shallow, but deep at the same time.

A good testing process should be able to cover all the paths through your application. For example, if there are 10 fields in a form, each field should be tested for not only valid input and output but also for invalid input and output.

It's important that you have enough test scenarios to cover all possible use cases of your application, but it's equally important to make sure that these test scenarios are thorough and don't miss key areas of coverage. This means that you need to look at your results after every test run and see what areas have been missed or incorrectly tested.


The main takeaway here is that testing should be just as important to designers as it is to product managers. If you're responsible for the success of your product, an efficient testing process will result in a more valuable product and make a bigger impact on your users. We can't stress it enough: test early, test often.