The SQA2 Blog:
After a long journey through software development, the open source movement and WEB 2.0 standards, there are still numerous companies thinking software quality assurance is elusive and paradoxical. But the truth is – software quality assurance plays a vital role in the entire software development life cycle. Usually, software companies use ad-hoc software quality assurance (mostly by their developers). Unfortunately, ad-hoc software quality assurance can’t give the desired result. The most problematic thing is – it compromises the quality of the software and that causes data loss and security threats to the customer’s business and receive negative publicity. However, the most common reason of ad-hoc software quality assurance is – nothing but misconception or common myths about software quality assurance and that force to the management to go for “so called” ad-hoc software quality assurance.
Nevertheless, falling in myth traps is not a good idea. Here are some common myths, demystified. Have a look at them –
Myth #1 – Software Quality Assurance (SQA) is Software Testing
Software quality assurance and software testing aren’t the same! Rather, software testing is a part of software quality assurance. Software quality assurance involves several processes like – comparing SOW, system requirement specification and design specification with developed product, verifying business logic, version controlling, bug tracking and many others. So, don’t mess-up SQA with software testing. If you have medium or large software projects, then you must go through software quality assurance in order to deliver a quality and bug free product.
Myth #2 – Anyone Can Test, No Special Skill sets are required
Wrong! Software quality assurance and software testing involves several specialized tools and need specialized skills to use them effectively. For each test segment, code analysis, stress/load testing, functional testing and bug tracking require different complex software. Additionally, the software quality assurance professionals need to communicate with developers, project managers, team leaders and client(s) frequently. Therefore, strong communication skills and an analytical mind are a MUST.
Myth #3 – Test Automation Can Eliminate Manual Testing
No! Both testing practices (manual and automated) are different. Both have equal significance. There are a number of areas that need real time user interaction, in order to unsure better user experience. Those areas can’t be automated. Whereas, there are many sections need repetitive things that need lots of manpower and time, using automation is a good idea for those sections.
Myth #4 – Software Quality Assurance is Costly
Again – Wrong! Software quality assurance is not costly in term of data loss, negative reputation and legal disputes through defective/buggy software. Quality software definitely has its market share and ensures the ROI and software quality assurance makes the path smooth. No matter whether you outsource your software quality assurance assignments or make a contract with a domestic software quality assurance partner, in both cases – software quality assurance ensures a continuous revenue stream.
Myth #5 – Software Quality Assurance Takes Long Time
Usually, organizations deliver their products for quality assurance after completion of the development just before a couple of hours of the delivery! The truth is – there are a number of processes involved since development phase. So, if the quality assurance process incorporated parallel with development, it significantly reduces the testing time and ensures a timely delivery.
Finally, SQA is a bridge between developers and customers. They understand the requirements and assure the timely and bug free deployment.