Alpha Testing vs Beta Testing
Software Engineering / Software Testing
|Alpha Testing||Beta Testing|
|1. Performed by Internal team i.e. engineers at software development organization||1. Performed by external members i.e. end users or clients who are not employees of the organization.
|2. Closed Testing not open to market or public.
||2. Open to public domain or market or pre-release customers.
|3. Involves both black box and white box testing.
||3. Involves only black box testing.
|4. Conducted for software application and project.
||4. Conducted for the end product.
|5. Requires a testing environment or test lab.
||5. Done at real time testing environment.
|6. Longer execution cycle and involves engineering team (developers and testers).
||6. Shorter cycle of few weeks and involves product marketing and pre-release team.
|7. Form of Acceptance testing to ensure user requirements are met.
||7. Form of acceptance testing to ensure product readiness for launch.
|8. Reliability and Security Testing not part of primary test objectives.
||8. Robustness, reliability, software testing are part of test objectives.
|9. After alpha testing is done, next phase if beta testing.
||9. Next phase is product release.