Any organization aims to deliver the best possible products while optimizing cost and productivity for higher ROI. Since the entry of agile development methodologies into software testing, the role of the QA teams has changed extensively. The development and testing teams are no more working separately but are required to work together and simultaneously in order to hasten the testing process and avoid any last-minute error detection that may slip into the hands of the end-user. To avoid that risk, organizations try hard but they find it very difficult to cope with the evolving technology and the advanced customer requirements.
This may sound so simple for organizations that are small or mid-sized and have a well-functioning QA team that can mitigate the risk. Have you thought of how bigger organizations without a proper QA team manage to do software testing? Well, they are the ones who don’t see the value of a good QA team. In an ideal environment, every organization would have a large and efficient QA team who spend their time validating the quality of any software built by its developers. However, in real-time, lots of organizations fail to have a QA team or lack a team large and efficient enough to handle all their responsibilities on their own. The sad reality is that not all enterprises realize the need for a QA and have one. When an organization lacks a dedicated QA team along with software testing experts, everyone who has a part in the software delivery team must do work extra hard to bridge the gap.
There are several challenges an organization gets to face when it lacks a QA team and a sound testing approach such as the following:
- Increased Testing Cost and Effort – Change in requirements are very common while developing an application which requires the development and testing teams to be agile to make the changes in the code quickly. This can be a feat for the entire team since the work they already carried out maybe a waste or modify what was already done. This will eventually affect the scope of testing and consumes a lot of time and effort.
- Need for Continuous Testing – In order to provide the end-users with the best user experience and satisfaction, it is imperative to test the software along with the development. This is why Continuous Testing is needed for the better collaboration of the development and testing teams to get instant feedback to quickly identify and mitigate potential vulnerabilities or risks.
- Lack of Standard Testing Process – It is a nightmare for every tester to leave a bug unnoticed that may later impact the user experience. This may make the entire application useless or faulty. Few reasons like lack of a good testing process, less experienced testers or testing for the wrong requirement. A good testing approach not just finds defects, but also ensures to meet the business needs.
- Compromise the Quality of the Product – A faulty software with major flaws when delivered to the end-user damages the company’s reputation or even cause a data breach. Safety and quality cannot be achieved by testing software that is developed already. The aim of any developer or tester is to avoid quality issues first of all and make quality software. This necessitates the need for the teamwork of developers and testers which involves their contribution right from the planning or requirement analysis stage till the final delivery. By doing this, companies will be able to increase the speed of their iteration and the quality of the software.
- Delayed Time to Market – In the constantly emerging world of technology, customers don’t wait when it takes longer than they expect and they are spoilt with plenty of alternatives, who are none other than your competitors. When all the above-mentioned challenges are not addressed by the organization, it is obvious that the incomplete software will be delivered late in the market. This eventually allows your competitor to win over your existing and potential customers.
Having mentioned the challenges, it is now time to explain how to do it in real-time. As easy as it sounds, a QA team with a good testing strategy is what you need to identify risks and minimize them to increase the efficiency of your software. But do you really have the time or resources to get all this done? For a greater and more beneficial QA automation, several organizations are moving towards a managed services model. Cost is one of the main obstacles in the journey towards achieving QA excellence. However, at the same time, cost-effectiveness alone will not deliver quality results. So organizations are looking to right-size their approach towards testing and probably aiming to achieve it through a managed services model.
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