After a short break our advanced technology group update has returned! The purpose of these updates is to keep you in the loop about the latest QA testing tools and how they can improve your team's strategy. In this month's update, we provide a brief overview of new tool releases, including Watij and C# 6.0. We also cover current best practices and the latest industry updates. If you're new to the blog, you can easily review all of our previous advanced technology group updates.
The nature of outsourced QA requires that team managers, both onsite and offshore, work diligently to close the distance gap. Onsite team members must communicate openly with offshore managers to ensure that any critical issues are resolved quickly and that the final product meets an organization's standards. To collaborate most effectively, QA management teams must possess impeccable project management skills.
Cloud-based testing applications use shared resources that are allocated dynamically to create flexible environments that simulate user scenarios and real-world traffic. Easy access to the cloud environment helps organizations approach software testing as an easily scalable, on-demand service. It frees up resources to be used in other areas of your project while providing high-quality results. However, the cloud is not without its drawbacks. Though cloud-based testing offers advantages, there are also counterpoints to consider before adopting it as a part of your QA approach.
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.
Case studies are a great way to see how theoretical QA concepts and best practices are applied in real world situations. At QASource, we pride ourselves on being able to apply QA best practices to each specific domain in order to optimize results. Domain knowledge gives our teams an edge and allows us to deliver quality products faster for our clients. Learn more about the benefits of domain knowledge here.