Understand how to overcome challenges with optimized processes using a combination of DevOps and QA

There is a need for faster yet very high-quality testing which can be tough to achieve without the right approach. Here are some best practices to overcome challenges with optimized processes using a combination of DevOps and QA, that can help you achieve the results you want to achieve without compromise in quality.

1. Continuous Testing is the Key

Continuous Testing is one of the pillars of successful DevOps implementation. Continuous testing, continuous integration, continuous delivery, and DevOps are the four essential steps to developing and testing software at a rapid pace.

Continuous testing can be the most important factor in determining the success and timely completion of a project and its implementation can help QA teams achieve the goal of faster time to market.

2.Implement Automation to the best possible Extent

The required rates of automation to make continuous testing success is at least 85% or higher, however, studies show that the average rate is 20%. Very far from success.

This is in spite of the fact that the Agile methodology insists on automation of the testing areas which require little or no human intelligence to be executed, such as repeated test steps with different data sets. These instances should be automated to bring down the time required for testing. Use advanced test automation tools to help you to achieve this. This cannot be denied with frequent changes in code comes the requirement of loads and loads of testing.

3. Go for Rapid Iterations

When working in a DevOps environment, the objective is to successfully implement continuous integrations and development, this approach of iterations becomes very essential.

It is only with rapid iterations that teams can achieve the goal of providing users with updates that create an impact. Every developer understands that only quality will make the users feel the software is worth.

4.Analysis of Test Performance through Key Metrics

Like in any project, no one can be really sure whether the project is heading in the right direction or not, project managers need to study the test metrics. It helps understand the areas where test executions are failing, the time taken to execute test cases, the time spent by QA resources in the process.

A thorough understanding of test performance through analysis of key metrics will provide the data required to formulating strategies and improvising the test approach.

Conclusion:

To meet the changing needs of a very highly competitive market which focusses on the quality of the software and simultaneously wants faster updates and quick releases DevOps and QA teams need to work in sync for better results.