For years and years, we have used the phrase “survival of the fittest”. This phrase covers the crux of the famous Darwinian Theory that revolves around the “evolution of organisms by the change in their heritable or physical attributes”.
How can we correlate this theory to the software development and software testing industry in this modern world?
The response to this question will be answered, but first, let’s have a look at an example: Darwin’s famous example of giraffe. Because of a longer neck, a giraffe was able to reach food sources that other animals couldn’t. Having access to more food allowed the giraffe to live longer and reproduce more, ultimately leading to more long-neck giraffes.
In the software development industry, let’s consider quality as the long neck of organizations, continuous amendments in the product features as the stretch to gain organizational productivity, and thereby transfer of this trait to generations in the same industry.
Although technology is ruling all over the globe, every single day it’s evolving with an advancement in the old traits of technology from old versions to new versions like mobile apps, mobile devices, software versions, etc. This means that this evolution in the tech sector is also dependent on a hidden trait but what is that? For sure the good quality of products makes it possible to be the center of attraction for the customer’s eyes and market, and the quality then evolves with the changes in customer expectations and market standards. And the organizations that become successful in gaining customer attention via developing high-quality products continue to survive like those giraffes with longer necks. This also accounts to be an example of “Social Darwinism or Industrial Revolution”. This means the quality of a software product is the factor that can either make a software condense or fully dissolve it.
Who is said to be the fittest in the software development industry?
Now, we know quality is above all. But how can be quality improved over time? The best way to improve the quality of a software product over time with the advancement in technology and to remain at par with the user expectations, is through effective software testing. And the only one who is deemed to be the fittest in the software development industry is the one who incorporates the software testing process. Quality of software means that a product is free of errors and glitches, has no vulnerabilities that attract hackers, and has timely fixtures of all the software issues, etc.
But keep in mind that tracking issues and glitches in the software is the most important part of software testing. If an issue is unresolved then all your testing efforts will be wasted and it would cost you beyond your financial limitations. To better track all your software issues, the best thing you can do is to incorporate the use of an appropriate issue tracking tool.
Your organization is in dire need of using an issue tracking tool if you want to be the market leader or to survive from generation to generation while making a name in the industry. Moreover, the slightest issue in the design, specifications, or functionality of an asset can disrupt your entire workflow. For time-sensitive businesses, such challenging scenarios need to be dealt with in time, otherwise, businesses are at the risk of losing their customers to competing counterparts. This is where you need a rock-solid issue tracking software.
Here’s a list of benefits you can reap to become an example of ‘survival of the fittest’ in your domain or industry.
Extended service life: If trivial maintenance issues are not paid attention to, they will eventually pile up and damage the useful life of the asset. With problem tracking software, you will never miss this situation. This software or tool flags even the slightest functional issues, and they are resolved quickly. This way, you can ensure the prolonged useful life of all your assets. Your assets do not drop in value before their disposal time.
Higher return on investment: The issue tracking system makes it able for you to determine the priority of maintenance tasks. In this way, you can pay due attention to more important or valuable tasks, while relatively tasks of less priority can be scheduled later. The layered approach to problem-solving reduces unnecessary maintenance and development costs. It can also increase productivity when you only focus on issues that are critical to daily operations.
Plot defect trend: The main advantage of problem tracking software is that it can record all the problems encountered by your assets in detail. It also records who solved the problem and how.
The “report” module of the problem tracking software can draw a defect trend chart for each asset. Through in-depth knowledge about the defect trends, you can learn which areas of software testing need more extensive testing. Detailed reports can also help you modify the SOP as required.
Connectivity improvisions: The issue tracking software comes with an advanced feature set for simplifying and easing communication via removing barriers. These include a chat interface and email notifications to help relevant team members stay up to date. Instant and timely information across departments reduces the communication gaps. When the relevant quality assurance team member is notified of the problem, the chances are high to get the issue resolved in time or sometimes before the deadlines. All teams have access to the centralized database of issue tracking software. This allows all the team members to look out for the problems without obstacles or hindrances.
If you want to become the hero of your industry and customers then make sure that your internal software development process enables you to survive in the market for years and years with just a trait of having high-quality software products. Remember, best quality demands a better evaluation process. And a better evaluation process in the software development industry means having the best of the best software testing efforts. Testing gets better when problems and issues in the project are tracked and recorded timely for the timely fixtures.