Is your testing process truly agile?
Organizations today face tremendous pressure to produce software solutions that will satisfy their users and allow the company to differentiate itself from its competitors. However, when these software solutions contain bugs or other errors, the effect is often then opposite, alienating users and impacting negatively the company’s brand and reputation.
To succeed, companies must produce more business value faster, but without compromising software quality. According to VersionOne’s yearly State Of Agile study, more than 90% of companies that answered the survey this year use Agile methods in some form, and more than 71% say that they will have at least one DevOps initiative on the production floor in the next 12 months. So what separates market leaders from less successful companies then? According to another study by Forrester Consulting, a company’s focus on software quality (or lack thereof) can play an important role.
According to Forrester, companies that recognize the importance of software quality and risk management are generally more successful. These organizations use data to identify and manage risks all throughout the development process. Moreover, these companies often also have a test automation process in place within their organization and they see automation as a key building block for their company moving forward.
Agility and testing
Far too often, companies try to speed up their development process without transforming their QA process. As a result, QA specialists continue to use tools and methods that were conceived for a Waterfall development model. These tools can’t be integrated as easily into a modern test automation and end-to-end testing platform like Askida CT, which prevents QA specialists from testing quickly and matching the development team’s speed. Since this testing process can’t be integrated within a continuous development model, QA specialists don’t have as much data about the quality of an application or module and can’t test new functionalities as soon as the development team has created them. All of this can slow down the development process since developers won’t have access quickly enough to complete and updated test results.
To fix these issues, your testing process must be integrated within an Agile or DevOps development model. Instead of testing at the end of a Sprint or development cycle, your QA specialists will be able to test and measure software quality all throughout the development cycle, allowing developers to fix bugs and other issues faster and sooner in the development process, a strategy that’s often called “Shift Left.” By adopting these methods, your testing process will not only improve the development process, it can also become a pillar of your company instead of a bottleneck.
Transforming your testing process
Accelerating the development process to deliver low-quality software solutions can be dangerous and counter-productive. When implemented correctly, a modern testing process can help you test faster, improve user satisfaction and retention and generate more revenues.
If you’d like more information about software quality and the best methods and tools to implement, feel free to contact us via email. Askida’s experts can review the tools and methods employed by your organization and make key recommendation that will allow you to improve the quality of your software solutions and your development process.