Quality Assurance… What is it and Why do I need it?
What is Quality Assurance?
Like saving money and delivering a sound product to your customer? Who wouldn’t!
Quality Assurance testing assists companies in fulfilling the expectations based on requirements provided by their customers to ensure that their products or services meet a certain level of quality. Yup, identify and fix any bugs or errors before the products or services are released to the customers.
Quality Assurance testing methods focus on establishing good practices to produce products with the quality already built in, rather than going through an unmonitored production process and attempting to “inspect the quality” of the product that has already been provided to the customer. Taking a specialized approach in quality assurance testing focuses on monitoring each portion of the process prior, during and post implementation to effectively measure the performance or the application.
So how do you Quality Test, you ask?
Here are a few types of software testing that can fit the needs of your client:
- Unit Testing – Unit tests are generally automated and can run very quickly by a continuous integration server. They focus on testing individual methods and functions of the components or modules used by your software.
- Integration Testing – Integration tests verify that different modules or services used by your application work well together. For example, integration testing validates that the interaction between a database and integrated microservices work together as expected.
- Regression Testing – Regression testing is a method of testing that is used to ensure that changes made to the software do not introduce new bugs or cause existing functionality to break.
- Functional Requirement Testing – Functional tests focus on the business requirements of an application. This type of testing verifies the application feature works as expected, per the software requirement.
Now that we have covered the “What” it is, let’s talk about the “Why” you need it!
Want to keep your current customers happy? And not risk losing potential customers? Considering how much time a company spends on the internet, it is more important now than ever to be sure that your websites and apps function properly. If your website is not functioning properly, you could risk losing both current and future customers. Delivering the best possible product that you can gives your clients a peace of mind that their software runs as smoothly as possible.
Benefits of a Quality System
- Cost Savings! The longer a bug goes undetected, the more difficult and expensive it is to fix. Detecting a bug in-house during the software development phases, prior to your client or customer finding the bug builds confidence in the product quality.
- Quality Assurance Brings Security – Given the growing trend of cyber security attacks, software quality assurance testing allows you to probe every phase of the development process and check for vulnerabilities, reducing the risk of any leaks in data that would cost you more than you expected.
- Improved User Experience – A thoroughly tested software product ensures a better user experience and makes their navigation hassle-free.
- Prevents Software Breakdowns – Given that you cannot predict errors while working, quality assurance software testing allows you to check your products performance under various loads, devices, and architectures to avoid unforeseen breakdowns. During the software development lifecycle your product will undergo functional and non-functional testing to ensure efficiency, productivity, and user experience are working as expected.
Hopefully, reading this article makes you feel more knowledgeable and empowered in understanding the importance of Quality Assurance Testing and how it benefits millions of companies across a vast variety of industries each day.
Get started today with your Quality Assurance Testing experts here at CMH Works!