Code Of Ethics

In software testing there are numerous rules and regulations that ought to be followed by software engineers to maintain the credibility of the software as well as to make it suitable according the universal standards. Moreover, there are various code of ethics that are required to be followed by the testers to ensure that the information accessed by them is not put to inappropriate use and is managed with confidentiality and secrecy. In short, following these code of ethics is vital for the testers to avoid future conflicts and information breaches. So, to help you understand the various code of ethics followed by software testers during the process of testing, here is a detailed discussion about these code of ethics.

Code of Ethics in Software Testing:

As defined by Merriam Webster dictionary, Code of ethics is “a set of rules about good and bad behavior” or “a systematic statement of law” that ought to be followed and considered by individuals performing important tasks or by those dealing with confidential information. Likewise, in software testing also, code of ethics specifies various rules and regulations of conduct that the members of the team must adhere to. It sets forth the values, principles, and standards that guide the testers to perform their tasks appropriately and helps them use the information they have in an ethical and appropriate manner. Code of ethics, in short defines the acceptance of responsibility by the software testers, while keeping the best interest of their clients as priority.

Types of Code of Ethics in Testing:

While performing software testing, testers should commit themselves in making analysis, finding defects, monitoring the process of testing, reporting defects & bugs, maintaining the software, among other things in a respected and beneficial manner. Moreover, they should consider the safety and welfare of the public and the client as well as should adhere to the following code of ethics to ensure the works credibility. The various code of ethics are:

  1. Public: During the process of software development and testing, the public interest and benefit should be considered before corporate and personal gain. They should consistently act in the interest of the public.
  2. Client & Employer: Apart from public interest, the testers should consider the interest of their client and employer while conducting tests on the software. They should act according to the requirements of their clients and should fulfill all their needs.
  3. Product: The most important factor that needs consideration during the process of software testing is the product itself. The testers should perform their tasks while ensuring that the deliverable is of best quality and has exceptional effectiveness. Also, make sure that all deliverables on the product are in compliance with the stated standards.
  4. Judgement: The testes should maintain integrity and independence while making judgments regarding the process of testing or any other aspects related to it.
  5. Management: Here, the team managers and leads should take the responsibility and ethical steps to manage the process of software testing, development, and maintenance. This will help them avoid any confusion as well as allow them to test each component of the software accurately.
  6. Profession: The team of testers should follow the set f values, principles, and standards and advance the integrity of their profession.

Why is Code of Ethics Important?

After getting an insight into code of ethics followed by software testers, it is crucial for us to understand the importance of code of ethics and why they are followed rigorously by people of different professions. Therefore, following are some of the points that define the significance of code of ethics in general.

  • It protects the interests of consumers and offers them assurance that they are not being misguided or misled by false promises and advertisements.
  • Helps firms and organizations in obeying the law and treating people honestly and fairly.
  • Clarifies organization’s missions, values, and principles.
  • Promotes employment ethics, such as security, promotions, health and safe working condition, etc.
  • Allows one to create a professional environment wherein ethical behavior is a norm.
  • Serves as a guide or reminder of how to perform tasks as well as the way one should act in a particular situation.
  • Can indicate that individuals are seriously concerned about responsible and professional conduct.
  • It is a central guide and reference for employers.
  • Prevents unjust treatment.
  • Brings out best in people as well as high standards in organizations.

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From maintaining the reputation of the testers and the organization, to assisting them build a software product that offers best services and advantages to the client, the importance and requirement of code of ethics is immense during software development and testing. It is one of those guiding principles that allow team members to take best steps for the development of the product, while following the client rules, requirements and universal standards and laws. It is, in short the best way to make your client happy and to build a reliable & trustworthy business relationship.

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