To match the pace of an ever-expanding market, many organizations are transitioning to the Agile method for project management. The same is true within the QA industry, and at QASource we've become quick experts of Agile processes. What separates the Agile approach from other methods of working, such as the Waterfall model? Agile is defined by collaboration, iteration, and rapid and repeatable delivery schedules. Adopting these new processes can be challenging at first, so in this blog post, we'll be reviewing a few helpful tips for getting your QA team up to speed.
Good QA culture results in strong, confident teams, and powerful teams produce exceptional products. Typically, the task of building great culture belongs to the QA Team Manager, but each member of your software QA team is responsible for participating in and contributing to this culture. By emphasizing the importance of communication across team boundaries and empowering the individual engineers that make up these teams, you'll create a work environment conducive to excellent performance and progress.
The application programming interface (API) lays the groundwork for how your software components interact, and it helps guide your development team through the programming of the graphical user interface (GUI). Thorough API testing is the best way to ensure the functionality of your application's code and the API layer itself. Before partnering with an outsourced QA provider to begin testing your product, acquaint yourself with the advantages, approach, and associated tools of API testing.
Cyber attacks and other forms of malicious hacking are becoming more and more common. Because the exchange of login credentials and the transfer of precious data is often necessary when engaging with an outsourced QA team, strict security measures must be in place to ensure that there is no risk of a breach. A good QA partner ensures that your application's code is safe, secure, and strongly protected at all stages of testing. Though most organizations are vigilant and have strong security implemented to cover the major points of risk, there are some commonly overlooked areas that should not be neglected. In this post, we look at the damaging effect of poor security and the solutions that will prevent it.
What is the secret to a successful QA team? According to a recent poll conducted by QASource, the answer is simple: metrics. Implementing an established list of metrics is like holding up a mirror to your team of engineers – it shows an impartial account of the strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to assess your team balance and testing approach objectively. They are necessary in recognizing and eliminating variations in your organization's product or testing process.
As QA engineers gain greater domain experience and testing tools improve, automation testing is becoming a go-to choice for many organizations. Implementing automation is easier and more affordable than ever before, thanks to the abundance of open source tools and experienced engineers. The advantages of automation testing have been made clear, but several key questions still linger in the minds of those planning to automate in the near future.
Gone are the days where a QA engineer could test effectively with only basic technical skills. In today's fast paced tech landscape, companies seek out teams with specialized, domain-specific knowledge when working with a QA partner. Whether your product serves the legal, financial, CRM, social media, healthcare, or manufacturing space, having a team that knows the intricacies of your domain ensures that your users are satisfied.
Like the name implies, performance testing provides a glimpse at how your system, network, or application performs under a certain workload or on a specific device. Quality performance testing helps ensure that your product is ready for real-world use by your customers, and that they will have a positive experience with it. The numbers your performance testing generates also serve as a baseline for improvement with each release.
Each month, our Advanced Technology group evaluates the latest QA testing tools and we help pass on their findings to you. In this month's update, we provide a brief overview of new tools, including Helium and WHITE. We also cover current best practices and the latest industry updates. Look for our update each month to stay in the loop with technology standards and help boost your team's productivity!
In last week's blog post, we familiarized you with ten symptoms of ineffective and inefficient QA. Most of the issues stem from four common QA pain points within the testing process: communication, documentation, project management, and user requirements. Left unresolved, these issues can fester and become systemic in your test approach. Fortunately, there are direct remedies for most of them.