How do QAOPs ensure stable software delivery?

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Do you know that QA plays a significant role in the software delivery and operation model? Now, how about unifying Software QA and Software Operations? This will help us build a platform that can make our software operation model more seamless and integrated. The product team is often expected to develop and deliver faster, but that might come at the cost of quality, and compromising quality could be a shortsighted delivery strategy that may create havoc in the long run. One way to improve the speed and quality is QAOPs.

But how can it help delivery teams move faster without sacrificing quality? Let’s dig in and find out.

How does the QAOps framework works?

QAOPs is a framework that uses the principle of “DevOps” DevOps refers to Software Development (Dev) and IT Operations (Ops). This software development and IT operations teams collaborate and combine processes—with Quality Assurance. QAOPs integrate the QA practices with software development and IT operations to create a long-term, integrated operational delivery model. QAOP framework integrates the QA process, automation, and reporting dashboard with the software development cycle (SDLC) approach.

The main idea of introducing the QAOPs framework is to promote regular testing in DevOps with the Continuous Integration (CI)/Continuous Deployment (CD) pipeline rather than performing software testing at indefinite intervals. With CI/CD we can make a lot many things better. Therefore, it results in better user satisfaction.

Benefits of using QAOps for software delivery process

High-Quality Standards: This is one of the core benefits of using the QAOps process. It smoothens the software delivery workflow, resulting in high product standards for the customers. 

Increase Productivity: It lightens the different team (development and operations) interactions with the QA team, making them feel more involved in the product development lifecycle. This results in high motivation and increased productivity of the QA team. 

High Customer Satisfaction: High testing procedure, reduced timeframe, better quality, and fast delivery add to better customer experience. 

Improve Team expertise: Due to the highly efficient process of QAOps, it helps the QA team to save time on the additional upgrades that might come. Also, the development team works together to understand the whole methodology, which leads to bug fixing at a very early stage. This improved the overall experience and skill level of the teams involved. 

QAOps is a fast emerging and very crucial methodology to conduct in the product life cycle. And it can be very well said that QA teams hold the same pride that the development team holds in the SLDC process.

How QAOps can be practiced?

QAOPs framework builds the collaboration between the QA engineers and developers. Now, let’s discuss some of the high-level testing practices we use at Mobikode that can accelerate the software delivery process by bringing the QAOPs into action-  

Automated Testing - Automation software testing techniques compare the actual outcome with the expected outcome, which helps the QA analysts measure the test results at a faster pace.

Parallel Testing- As the name suggests, the parallel testing technique runs multiple test cases on a single application across the operating system and browser. They help accelerate the testing process hence reducing the total testing time significantly. It is an ideal fit for CI/CD and QAOPs.

Test Scalability- Finally, after the product development, it’s time for the product managers and designer to consider the customer feedback and improvements.  Scalability helps to check the application performance in various conditions by changing the testing loads

Smoke Testing: Smoke testing is also called Confidence or builds verification testing. It determines whether the deployed build is stable or not.

Final Thoughts:

The challenge is to ensure the proper implementation of QAOPs and justify its cost and investment. Tracking metrics can help management to track the result of QAOPs framework adoption. Metrics such as removal, efficiency, and test case effectiveness can help us to measure the success of the overall testing process. QAOPs are now used popularly to automate the processes of software development, IT, and QA, ensuring faster delivery with assured quality. Mobikode can help you with QA solutions, QA strategy, and implementation of QAOPs.

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