Software Developer QA

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11 Feb, 2019


Generating software that is free of bugs from the very beginning is considered an impossible task. On the contrary, producing good software from the scratch of the project is more possible. These bugs have a great tendency to make or break the software. In the traditional SDLC, you have to select one between software quality and time. Good quality software always takes longer due to the transfer time from one team member to another. In the scenario, developers produce the code and then transfer it to the quality assurance team. This team tries to detect as many bugs as possible prior to passing it to the next person.

Majority of the organizations believe that the process is required to change. Therefore, the majority of the development teams are working in an agile environment. This is where the lines between Developers and QA engineers are blurred. This difficulty leads to frustration amongst team members. This is because previously the main aim of the developers was to deliver the code and QA was to deliver the quality.

Keeping this situation in mind, we are presenting you three scenarios when Developers and QA teams collaborate.

To Unify the Team

In an agile environment, coding does not refer to running a test and reporting it, so the next team could work on it. This siloed method of testing is counter-intuitive to the end objective i.e. delivering excellent quality software. There should not be any “their team” and “my team” mentality. Nevertheless, developers and QA must see this as “our team”. Both roles must communicate with each other to cut down the barriers and make one team.

The team can swap roles and share responsibilities, to unify their team. If there is some sort of error, it is not the responsibility of one person but the entire team. This enables both roles to see: What each member is doing? How can you do it? They can also train each other on best practices they have been implementing to detect and resolve the bugs.

To Create a Customer-Centric Approach

Software development teams keep under consideration a customer-centric approach where quality is given the utmost importance. According to this approach, end-users and customers must be at the forefront of all decision making. This is this because they are the people who are buying and using the product.

The end-user doesn’t care about the number of times test can run on software. Their only concern is the quality of the software and its ability to resolve the issues. Both teams try to put themselves in the shoes of the customers and guarantee that the app makes sense to them.

To Detect Bugs at Every Stage

The main aim of every QA tester is to attain the desirable quality. However, there will always be a bug. To detect the bugs at the very beginning, testers must begin from the point where the code is generated. QA and Developers must work on the iterations in collaboration with each other to report and fix the bugs. A good bug tracking tool helps the team to attain this objective.

Having QA and Dev teams to work together is not as easy as it may seem. However, organizations deliver the best quality of the software in a shorter span of time, when they do work together. Communication must be the priority to be able to get the QA and Developers to work together. Organizations must assist to foster that bridge.

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One thought on “When Developers & QA Teams Collaborate

  1. Thanks for sharing these great points to keep in mind before project release especially customer-centric approach because, customer-centricity can decide if a business will thrive or fail. I totally agree with you, it is critical for software quality assurance team to collaborate with developers to ensure successful software releases with the best quality.

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