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QA Testing 101 – Enhancing your strategy

QA testing is the bedrock of software reliability and business success. But you can only guarantee its results with a robust QA strategy.
Daniel Zacharias

Daniel Zacharias

December 1, 2023

Like it or not, the truth is that meticulous QA testing is the bedrock of software reliability and business success. 

That’s even more true in today’s AI era we find ourselves in. Now, it’s not just about coding and living that #developer_lifestyle. It’s about ensuring every line, function, and element delivers on its promise. 

It’s about the importance of having a robust QA strategy, and here’s why!

Why QA matters

QA is about prevention. It’s a proactive measure we take to ensure that errors and glitches don’t find their way into the final software product. Without a solid QA process, teams often find themselves scrambling to fix issues that could have been easily avoided, wasting both time and resources.

In every project you’ll find yourself in, QA will be your silent guardian, meticulously working to ensure that the software isn’t just error-free and good but freaking great. 

Many beginner developers think QA is all about finding bugs, but it’s not! It’s about creating a software product that delivers value to the users and the business. Everything below that is a highway to customer dissatisfaction and loss of trust, which you won’t get back even with the most high-end QA process.

Developing a robust testing strategy

Your QA playbook should have a robust, well-thought-out strategy that’ll guide you and your team through the must-do steps of creating software that outperforms every quality and performance metric. 

A tried-and-tested QA strategy that has yet to fail us looks like this: 

  1. Planning phase. Here you set your compass right. In this phase you define the testing scope, set clear objectives, and the criteria for success. It’ll help you gain a clear vision of what needs testing, how the testing occurs, and what things will signal success.
  2. Choose your testing tool. The challenge you’ll be facing here is choosing the right one for you and your team since there are dozens of testing tools. Plus, you have automation testing at your disposal. One way to get yourself out of the testing tool maze is by aligning your choice with your testing objectives while taking into account your team’s experience and familiarity. Some tools are just specialized for performance, security, software architecture, and automation so you might end up working with a couple of them at the same time.
  3. Don’t forget about continuous improvement. Software development is always changing its approach to testing and being a sitting duck will make you and your product quickly fall into oblivion. Do reviews and analysis meetings of your testing processes on a regular basis, and adjust your strategy with the upcoming tides of different emerging challenges. 

Integrating QA into the development lifecycle

There’s one way to jump ahead of the challenges — integrating QA early on into the development cycle.

Just by switching places it gives an immediate look into the issues, saves the team a ton of time, and greatly reduces costs with late-stage corrections.

Here’s the trick: Once you integrate QA into your development cycle early on, it changes the whole mindset of your team. It shifts your focus from speed to quality, directly affecting every line of code you write. The end result is robust and reliable software from day one!

But the perks don’t end there. 

Putting QA early on cuts down extensive rework and debugging your team in the status-quo setting often face. Plus, developers and QA testers work hand-in-hand instead of working against each other, creating a better development synergy. It results in an accelerated development process with a better final software product. 

Leveraging automation in testing

Like it or not, human error is an inevitable part of QA testing. But that’s not the case when you have automation in your toolbox. It provides you with a new level of precision and consistency, boosting the overall productivity of your delivery teams. 

Besides that, you get extra coverage by creating different testing cases and executing them to get a broader and deeper testing scope. Plus, say goodbye to soul-sucking, repetitive testing tasks. The new shift that’s going on in automated QA testing focuses more on freeing up your team’s resources and providing rapid feedback

If you’re breathing Agile development practices, then you know constant feedback loops are your development cornerstone QA automated testing provides. 

Continuous improvement in QA testing

The real QA testers know one thing that’ll grant them the highest software quality adaptability and efficiency imaginable — integrating continuous improvement, aka CI or continuous integration into their QA testing. 

But how do you do it?

It all starts with doing routine review sessions. Of course, nobody wants to sit in a meeting discussing the effectiveness of their QA process when they would much rather sip fresh pumpkin macchiato in a cafe, but that’s where every CI cycle begins!

Another step is getting every stakeholder on board. Having diverse feedback with established KPIs for your QA testing will give a new outlook on your software journey. But don’t lose sight of the latest QA testing trends, tools, and methodologies. 

It sounds like CI in QA testing is a lot trickier than it seems, sure. But once you and your QA team go through a training program, you’ll be living and breathing continuous improvement. You just need to start!

QA testing: Going further

Long gone are the days of QA testing just being a technical requirement.

Today, it’s a strategic move towards unparalleled software quality and business success. With a well-crafted testing strategy, seamless integration into the development lifecycle, and a commitment to continuous improvement, your QA testing processes will not only be fortified but also future-proofed, no matter what software demands come your way.

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