As separate development and QA teams merge together to form larger DevOps teams, the Agile process is getting more play than ever. Working in an agile way encourages teams to iterate in parallel-to test code as it’s written, so as to uncover any major problems earlier on in the software development lifecycle. The Agile process was an answer to the slow, outdated Waterfall method, in which products were developed in fits and starts, with various delays and blockages slowing the entire process down.
These days, we can’t go more than a month without hearing about a new high-profile cyber attack. Hackers are growing more malicious by the day, and it seems that almost no company—no matter how big—is safe from their tactics. Huge advancements have been made in ensuring the security of products in sensitive domains, like the healthcare, financial, and legal spaces, but cybersecurity companies need to be more vigilant than ever to fend off new, even more advanced attacks.
Today, technology is helping to close the physical gaps between distributed teams. Thanks to the cloud, people are able to access the same information from wherever they are, across all of their devices. Edits and updates are synced automatically, and everyone sees the same record of truth, resulting in a greater degree of insight and transparency.
The IT industry is always in flux—reshaping and reinventing itself as technology becomes faster, more powerful, and more intuitive. Because progress doesn’t slow for anyone, product companies and their engineering teams need to be quick to respond; to match the tempo of the IT world. As money movement and global commerce becomes increasingly digital, finance product companies have become adept at keeping pace with the IT landscape.
Welcome to the final installment of our healthcare software testing blog series, where we explore the unique pain points of testing in this space and uncover the solutions that QA teams can provide. In our last post, we looked at challenges related to integration testing, security testing, and performance testing.
Now, let’s shift our focus to data management and user experience issues.
Today, we have the world in the palm of our hands. Or in the pockets of our pants, or attached to a charger snaking out from a wall outlet. The modern smartphone is the first thing many of us reach for in the morning, and the last thing we grasp at night. The change wrought by the smartphone has become so deep rooted, so intrinsic to how we communicate, consume information, and even relax, that it’s hard to imagine life without it. And mobile app product companies are betting that we don’t want to.
Every product deserves high-quality testing. It’s the best way to ensure that your developers stay motivated, stakeholders stay happy, and customers stay loyal to your application-whatever it may be. But when it comes to certain software areas, your testers need to be even more vigilant than usual. Think legal, healthcare, and finance software, where highly sensitive user data is stored and transferred. Because the consequences of a bug or security vulnerability are so serious, QA teams need to be on their A-game. And if they’re not, things could go very wrong.
We hope you enjoyed our first installation of this blog post, where we dive into some of the pain points unique to healthcare domain testing and explore their solutions. Whether you have access to a QA partner, or you’re taking on the challenge of healthcare software testing in-house, this article should help you navigate the road ahead!
When it comes to building and testing software products, the healthcare domain is one of the most rigorous and unique areas to work. Product companies in this space are helping doctors, patients, and other medical professionals reimagine what’s possible with wearable technology, hospital indexing systems, and countless other innovations.
The complexity of these new products demands testing that is thorough and stringent, as the quality can directly impact a patient’s life. Other high-stakes factors to consider are the cost and worth of the product to the customer, the protection of private and confidential patient data, and the safety of all patients or caregivers who interface with the product.
As helpful as it would be to have a one-size-fits-all approach to software testing, there simply isn’t one-and there probably never will be. Why is that, you ask? The answer is deceptively simple: every product and product team is different. Needs vary greatly from company to company and industry to industry, making it tough to prescribe a set, uniform testing approach. For some companies, a long-term partnership with a dedicated QA team is the right choice. For others, on-demand, ad-hoc testing will suffice.
With so many factors affecting your decision to find a QA partner or just stick with ad-hoc testing, how do you make the choice? The best place to start is understanding the key differences between the two approaches.