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How professional QA implements a robust CI/CD pipeline?

I wanted to know how professional QA implements a robust CI/CD pipeline. Can anyone provide me some minor details about it.

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Rational Steps Every QA Should Note For A Successful CI/CD Pipeline

In the CI/CD pipeline, a technical part could be a trap for the testers. Basically, their duty entails more than that: all the attention to the requirement, practices, products, and processes. Should you start working in a Continuous Delivery environment – Contemplate x 10 times! Think about:

  • Whether the team is heading in the right direction?
  • If all the business requirements have transformed into executable specifications?
  • As a QA tester in what way you are going to contribute in terms of scenarios, acceptance criteria, and examples.
  • Do you think already floating processes have room for improvement? Are you able to detect the waste and remove that waste finally?
  • Your experience about non-functional testing, performance, accessibility, and security etc.
  • Cross browser testing to ensure your changes looking good to the audience who is viewing your web-application from different browsers, browser versions, devices, and operating systems.
  • Version Control, being a cornerstone of CI/CD pipeline enable developers to collaborate on a shared codebase. Version control is an absolute must and a great companion of CD. You have the undo functionality in version control system means rollbacks to the previous release. In addition, configuration, databases, scripts, documentation can be tracked throughout history.
  • How other QA member would write test packages to run them automatically during every successive build? Maintaining them within a CI system makes the test suites more organized and easily accessible.
  • You need a Continuous Integration Server to monitor the main repository where you will be running the automated tests for newly submitted commits.
  • Specific roles of developers who would deal with merging the changes as often as possible.
  • Data and configuration required across all the staging environments. Keep in mind, these 13 reasons why the staging environment is failing for your organization.
  • A good tracking mechanism to maintain the effectiveness of the regression test suite clearly outline a process and ensuring only useful tests are added to the test suite, having a consolidated view of all the quality activities as you keep regression defects in check.
  • Automatic code commits, test suites, and test environment produces immediate feedback, and when you turn to CI/CD pipeline, it automatically resolves issues like version control, or when coders would write unit tests which are often found tough to turn into a workflow. Upholding the desired level is the key point of Quality assurance. QA means the inclusion of growing ideas and long-term maintenance and three important points that can be brought to the surface are: Testing, Delivery, and Optimization.
  • Calculating your ROI on test automation with Selenium for automated cross browser testing.
  • Creating automated stable tests across the entire application with test frameworks and automated tools
  • A deep insight: no code or feature remain untested that can further decrease in speed consequently; holding back your team to release the software at times.
  • The difference between cross browser testing & responsive testing. Both the testing practices are often misinterpreted as one & the same. However, they are not!
  • Development lifecycle starts with checklists or playbooks comprising the tasks that happen to be performed manually. Later on, those tasks could move to automation with scripts and tools. With that, you ensure tasks are repeatable as a team member can run the script if the checklist needs to be run again. Moreover, you run playbook scripts consistently between environments, you increase the reliability like a script for deploying code mirror the production environment.

Thorough testing plays an important and crucial role in the success of a software product. Always think twice, thrice about the test cases to automate, and to get the most out of it, start as early as possible. Starting out from day one gradually build your automated suite that can detect bugs at a much cheaper price rather that you find the same issues in later stages of your cycle. Squeezing test in at the end is a lot more problem so keep on figuring out the following: *

  • How frequently you are going to repeat the scenario?
  • The length of the process.
  • Enlist all the recurring test cases that get executed for multiple builds.
  • Check the people and resources dependencies involved and any shortfall or delay that might cause due to them.
  • If you are skipping the automation at any place, ensure it will not turn out to be an error-prone process.
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