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Generally software testing is relegated to one phase of the software development life cycle. There's something to be said for including testing in all phases, however. Let's take a look at what the advantages are and how this approach could improve your software development.
Advantage: Early test estimates help determine overall product feasibility
The advantage of having a software test manager involved in early product planning is he can forecast time, materials and resources. Product feasibility needs to include testing costs such as testing time, materials, equipment and resources as part of the overall costs. Early test estimates are factors in deciding to proceed with the product.
Advantage: Identify requirements that might not be testable
An advantage of having software testers involved in product planning is testers can view requirements with a skeptical eye and provide feedback. Testers can challenge requirements by asking good questions. They can identify requirements that might not be testable.
Another advantage in having testers involved during analysis an