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Thursday June 6, 2019

The Importance of QA Testing in Software Development (Explained)

Published by Desap

It’s commonly accepted that QA testing should form an integral part of any software development project, however some companies might be taking a somewhat limited approach to this. Bugs in digital systems and apps are becoming increasingly harmful to both individuals and organisations, therefore a more robust approach to QA testing is needed

How QA normally works

Let’s start by looking at what happens in most cases:

Startups: suggestions for improvements and bug spotting are functions that tend to belong to everybody in the team (both developers, project managers and designers) and not to a specialist individual/team.

Growing companies:

the QA testing teams tend to be isolated and expected to focus mostly on identifying bugs.

What is QA Testing and why do we need it?

QA = (Quality Assurance):

QA testing tends to be regarded mostly as a bug-centred task but this is not the case. QA has an important role in the management of the product life-cycle. It guarantees the quality of the software product to all the stakeholders (and above all, the end-user).

The goals of the QA function are to ensure that:

  1. All software quality standards are met;
  2. The client’s requirements are accomplished

Testing:

The testing part of the project is normally more focused on the technical elements; the professionals here take into account all areas of design and implementation with the client and end user in mind. The mindset here is always to believe that there are bugs to be found and improvements to be made.

Here at Desap, we believe that the combination of QA plus testing is what creates a more well-rounded project approach and allows the company to be less reactive to bugs.

 

The benefits of good QA Testing

Bug-centred companies can be at risk of creating even more bugs when correcting the existing ones. By being more proactive, companies with the right approach to QA Testing allow better resource management given that as the project evolves, it becomes more costly to make changes. Moreover, if the client needs to add features or create changes to the product, there will be more flexibility and the costs minimised.

What makes QA Testing at Desap special?

As you have probably gathered, we’re big supporters of the in-house QA team approach; it’s more product-centered than bug-centred.

Essentially, our view is that it’s a risk to leave these tasks to an outsourced company as it can be detrimental to the overall project. Our specialist in-house QA testers work together with our developers, designers and project managers; something we’re really proud of!

Here at Desap, we create bespoke test cases for each project; our tests include (but are not limited to), functional testing, unit and integration testing, load and volume testing and regression testing. In conducting these tests a mix of both automation and manual testing is employed. These tests can simulate thousands of users and scenarios quickly and efficiently.