Effective best practices for guaranteeing software quality assurance

Best Practices For Software Quality Assurance

Customers across the world look for quality products. Businesses also do not want to compromise on the quality, as it affects their reputation. Even the software development company ensures the quality of the software before launching it for end-users’ use. Through quality assurance, companies intend to make their software functionally stable, operable, reliable, and safe. It is an important process to make your software application useful for the users and hence, successful.

Definition

Software Quality Assurance (SQA) is a set of activities to improve the quality of the software during the development phase. It includes identifying the problems at each step, ensuring the procedures are well-implemented, and assessing the standards suitable for the software. It includes the key steps of requirement analysis, multiple tests, technical reviews, reporting defects, implementation of effective engineering technologies for improvement, audits, and documenting the changes.

Best practices for SQA

Every technology company understands the significance of software quality and builds a dedicated Quality Assurance team to ensure quality software. In this blog, we intend to tell our readers the key best practices of software quality assurance that are effective anytime and anywhere for any software:

Communicate the quality requirements with all

You must list all the key requirements and features of the software as the first step. All the different stakeholders responsible for quality software – planner, developers, testers, engineers, and senior management must agree on the requirements. The teams must make it a practice to write down the key specifications concisely, prioritize them accordingly, and manage them in the entire process to maintain the quality.

Span QA across the software development lifecycle

The quality checking, testing, and assurance must continue for the entire lifecycle of the software development process. The issues may arise at any step or during the transition from one phase to another; therefore, the QA team must check for quality at every step.

Have the QA team from the beginning of the project

Once the software planning is complete, have the QA team on board the project to ensure that software is tested for quality at every step and functionality. The constant involvement of the QA team gives them an idea of potential bugs and issues in the software, which they can clear as the process goes ahead.

Make everyone accountable for the quality

It is not that only the quality assurance team is responsible for the software quality. Everyone is equally responsible for ensuring the quality of the developed software. The QA team must guide everyone in the right direction so that quality is maintained and managed well.

Apply effective quality testing techniques

The QA team must develop a list of checkpoints or agree upon some quality standards and procedures. These must be followed for the entire software development process to check the software’s compliance with the requirements. This also ensures faster quality checking process and hence, more efficiency and effectiveness.

Adopt small test cases

You must adopt small testing cases to identify as many bugs as possible, as they will lead to better software after every test case. In addition, small test cases are better as compared to comprehensive tests in terms of time and money. For effective software quality, it is best to adopt a combination of comprehensive testing and small testing cases.

Prevent and catch bugs

Quality Assurance (QA) teams must identify any bugs affecting the functionality of the software. However, a better approach is to avoid encroachment of any bugs in the software development process. If the bugs are not caught earlier on, it may lead to bigger issues and delays in the project.

Use automated testing techniques

Automation of the testing procedure generates quick results, which gives you enough time for improvement. Adopt automation in testing rather than using manual test scripts, as the latter limits the number of tests and results. It is best to use automation testing when the process is standard and uses the same tests for many such previous software.

Perform both white-box and black-box testing

The QA team must conduct both black-box testing and white-box testing of the software. Black-box testing means testing the behavior of the software from the viewpoint of an end-user. White-box testing is a technique to test the internal functioning of the software depending on codes, paths, and conditions. Since white-box testing involves testing the internal operation of the system, it takes time while black-box testing is a faster process since it does not require any knowledge of the programming language.

User experience is the key point

The fundamental measurement of quality for any product is the experience of the users in using the product. The same goes for software. If the user experience is not good, you have to look at your software cautiously. For this, the QA team must understand that their work does not end with the release of the product; a quality check based on users’ feedback is essential and must be a part of the QA process.

Final thoughts

The companies and their software teams must follow these best practices to improve the quality of the software while also ensuring cost-effectiveness. The QA team must comply with the development standards and testing frameworks along with keeping a close eye on users’ feedback on the product.

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About the Author

Pathik Shah

(CISA, FCA, CS, DISA (ICAI), FAFP (ICAI))

Pathik is a multi-disciplinary professional with more than 22 years of experience in compliance, risk management, accounting, system audits, IT consultancy, and digital marketing. He has extensive knowledge of Anti-Money Laundering rules and regulations, and he helps companies comply with legal requirements. Pathik also helps companies generate value from their IT investments.