- Before the QA day we’d like to highlight the importance of QA engineers. QA is one of the stages of any software development lifecycle. Being one of the most important phase in SDLC, it insures the quality of the deliverables. Without a QA there is a high chance that product released on the market may not be up to the stander or may contain a huge number of defects.
Moreover, QA reduces the overhead of testing the products by developers itself. This insures that the developers may put more effort in the application development, giving back the higher output.
A business can build a positive reputation for reliability and consistency when it ensures a level of consistent quality in its products or services. This bolsters consumer trust and confidence in the business and helps the business compete with others in the same market.
Quality assurance methods focus on establishing good processes to produce products with the quality already built-in, rather than going through an unmonitored production process and trying to “inspect quality” to a product that’s already been finished.
As a QA helps the team to identify problems in the product as early as possible, here are a few other factors that make them important:
- While maintaining a standard of requirements and procedures, the planned set of actions taken by the QA guarantees the success of the product.
- The support in documentation, reporting paperwork and associated data is what the QA team provisions.
- They make sure that the procedures are being followed throughout the development cycle.
- Activities like process monitoring, testing, audits, and product evaluation are undertaken in order to enhance productivity.
- Presence of a QA provides for a transparent viewpoint of management and collaboration for QA & DevOps teams.
The role of QA engineer
You’ve probably thought, why do we even need separate people to do quality assurance? Shouldn’t developers do their testing? This topic might be controversial. There’re active supporters from both sides.
Many development teams do unit testing and perform automated, integrated, code-based tests by themselves. However, it usually takes a significant amount of time they could have spent developing new features.
Sometimes coders overrate their code, assuming there are no bugs in it, so the proper testing is being bypassed. Of course, some developers test their code properly, and if the developer-testing is managed well, there won’t be issues with such an approach.
QA engineers have a different set of skills than developers.
They help define project requirements, identify weaknesses and inconsistencies, provide data about the level of quality and test a product during all stages of software development lifecycle.
Often, they refuse to accept that not finding an error means there is none. They know all the aspects of the app and try to push a system into unobvious directions. When only code-based tests aren’t enough, QAs as well provide a creative human element, enhancing the success of coded tests.
Recently, a balanced approach has been gaining popularity. It means that developers test their code and QA engineers check it in the full spectrum of application functionality.
Why QA is important?
- It saves you time and money
- It maintains your business reputation
- It creates a competitive product
- It provides security and safety
Stages of the software testing lifecycle:
- Scope definition
- Create RTM
- Test plan/ strategy
- Estimation plan
- Test environment
- Test cases/ test data
- Test script
- Functional testing
- Smoke, system regression
- Defect reposting/ Tracking
- Test reports/ results