Why have the quality assurance specialist join your software development team?
Over the last few years, the demand for faster software delivery has increased. Quick software delivery gives organizations a real competitive advantage. That said, when things are moving quickly, certain aspects—like quality—can get left behind.
No matter what industry you’re in, and whether you’re in a traditional or agile environment, software quality is key. When you put your software development strategies in place, you need to include quality assurance so that you can fulfil the requirements.
When developing a software solution in agile mode, quality assurance is no longer just the step that comes before delivery; it’s involved in every step of the process. It’s a culture that needs to be adopted and embraced by your whole team.
Have you already considered adding a QA specialist to your software development team? We’d like to share with you why it’s important.
Testing guarantees quality
Software quality assurance is a set of planned, systematic activities that involves every action needed to sufficiently ensure that all intrinsic and extrinsic features of the software meet the established expectations. Tests are the principal method of verifying that a system is functioning properly. For many organizations, automated testing has now become necessary to speed up the process of developing and delivering software. It also gives you tighter quality control. Automated testing allows you to do more tests, increasing your team’s efficiency by allowing them to focus on improving the system and ensuring optimal quality.
Also, by automating testing, your development team can identify and fix errors and bugs before they could affect users. And as you know, the earlier an error is detected, the less expensive it is to fix.
Quality assurance today requires a specific skill set. QA specialists take an interdisciplinary approach to the solution being developed. They devise test cases by consistently asking themselves such questions as “Yes, but—,” “What if we change/add/remove this component,” etc. They add another level of reflection by considering the alternatives while keeping the client’s objectives in mind. They take a comprehensive view of the project, putting themselves in the user’s position to verify whether the solution in development meets the client’s expectations. This is why it’s so important to have a QA specialist on the team. Their work is essentially focused around developing testing strategies, creating new scripts and analyzing the results. Needless to say, these efforts directly contribute to making each project in development a success.
Creating a culture of quality assurance
It’s an advantage to have a QA specialist involved from the start of the development cycle. The sooner this person becomes a permanent member of the development team, the higher the quality of code produced as the code will have been tested at earlier stages and more frequently. The QA specialist will take a different tack from the developers, who often have a more technical and linear approach. Developers are less likely to consider all alternative cases, as their goal is essentially to deliver a solution that meets a need expressed by the client, and as quickly as possible.
Organizations that develop software using the agile method have multidisciplinary development teams. The analysts, developers and testers work together for the duration of the project with their diverse and complementary range of expertise maximizing the team’s productivity. It’s a collaborative effort as quality assurance becomes the whole team’s responsibility.
As we’re sure you can understand, having an QA specialist on board is key to efficient software development. This specialist has a key role in the production of quality software. A QA culture helps your organization emphasize communication and a shared understanding of the importance of quality, from the start.
In turn, this emphasis allows you to work toward a common goal: respecting production and delivery deadlines while guaranteeing bug-free software. As an active member of the development team, the QA specialist will guide you while adding value to the project.