Improving sustainability with through software testing

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The Challenge

The primary goal was to improve a software application focused on sustainability. This required extensive testing to ensure its effectiveness and accuracy in delivering meaningful results.

The Problem

The team faced a range of complex tasks. Their work included checking the software's calculations and understanding how user-generated models influenced the software. They also had to ensure that the process of creating projects within the software was efficient and user-friendly. Developing tests for new features was another significant challenge.

The Journey

The team began by ensuring the accuracy of the software's calculations. They then examined how different user actions affected the software's performance, which was crucial for maintaining consistent functionality.

Improving the project creation process within the software was a key focus, aiming to make it more user-friendly while maintaining technical precision. The team carefully considered all possible user scenarios to ensure new features integrated well without disrupting the software’s overall functionality.

A significant development last year was the team's decision to start writing tests in Cypress. These tests have been instrumental in detecting errors and enhancing the software's reliability. Recently, they've decided to transition to Playwright, but this is still in the early stages.

The team's role as Quality Assurance (QA) involves ensuring that users can perform environmental impact calculations using chosen methods without encountering errors. They focus on the usability of these calculations rather than delving deeply into the results themselves, as the accuracy of these outcomes is typically the domain of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) experts.

The Outcome

The project leads to a software tool with improved functionality and user experience. The careful testing and planned transition to a more advanced testing framework promise to enhance the software's reliability and coverage.

The Conclusion

The project's success exemplifies the critical role of thorough testing and credible data in advancing sustainability. The key takeaway is the transformative potential of technology when aligned with sustainability goals, paving the way for informed, impactful decisions in various business sectors.
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Written by: Natalia, on December 1, 2023