In the software industry, there is no doubt that Quality Assurance has always been a division that is constantly growing and adapting to the changes that have been faced in the IT industry. This allows you to adapt to new changes in the field of management, and at the same time familiarizing with the testing strategies.
Agile and automation testing companies are being extensively adopted by a lot of companies that have simplified rather shortened the testing processes and development processes, completely redefining the definition of QA. All we need to do now is to keep up with the pace of the evolving market along with delivering a quality product to our client.
In doing so, let’s shed some light on some key challenges that QA Testes face:
Competence of Quality:
The first step when starting the process of testing an application, be it web or mobile, you need to understand the domain to grasp a thorough knowledge of the product that is to be tested. For that, the QA team is involved with the client at the initial stages of interactions, as well as with the developers and teams. This helps to ensure that the facilitation of testing provided will be up to the mark and will be mapped according to the business model provided satisfying the client.
While testing an application, the culture and customs followed by the organizations come into focus. QA testers need to be hands-on with the strategies and processes followed within the marketplace as well and keep improvising their structure by being creative and bringing in innovative ideas, and also in exploring and researching about the latest tools that can help in delivering efficient and quick results.
It is considered a good practice to get monthly checkups done just to avoid any unnecessary health issues. Akin to developers, QA should also be involved in the SDLC right from the beginning, so that it is easier to provide feedback at an initial stage of product development. Moreover, this helps in predicting future risks that can be faced at a later stage. Adopting this practice can assist in speeding up the process, avoiding preventable delays, and can also be cost-effective.
Combination of Development and Testing:
The phase where it all comes together both of these teams play a vital role in delivering a quality product. Hence, it is essential that the QA team is well acquainted with the product and has a little grasp on the knowledge about the processes followed by the developers. Similarly, the developers are expected to have some knowledge about QA testing techniques and tools to help enhance business processes and in turn, contribute to massive growth and success.
In following an agile process in automation testing, recurrent builds are released for testing that has a high risk of code-breaking and crashes within the accessible features that have been already developed. For such applications, it is preferred to perform smoke tests using automation testing tools because manual testing requires a lot of time and effort sometimes resulting in delay. With that said, a QA manager or tester also needs to analyze which technique is suitable according to the project assigned.
In order to keep up with the market and delivering a bug-free product, testers have to test various sprints and builds, not to forget the pressure of meeting deadlines. In doing so, they also need to keep their scope in check and sometimes due to the rush of following all these steps, critical scenarios are sometimes overlooked. Avoiding this requires a systematic and traceable test approach for which a test library is maintained and covered by module so that nothing goes for release unnoticed.
Conclusively, to deliver accurate results QA needs to be completely aware of any upcoming enhancements or newest technologies related to Performance, Manual, and Automation testing strategies to further contribute to lowering the risks of failure and speeding up the release process.