We are living in the age of RAD(Rapid Application Development). With the adoption of Agile and DevOps, the changes are implemented in a software at speed faster than ever! That is precisely why a QA (Quality Assurance) is valued much more now as compared to before.
QA plays an indispensable role in any SDLC(Software Development Life Cycle).
There are two meaning to the word QA.
- Quality Analyst which is a profession.
- QA is also a term used for a stage environment.
Why are QA skills so high in demand these days?
QA as a stage environment is pretty crucial in itself for every successful web product.
QA environment as a stage helps to:
Provide a sense of reliability – QA environment helps in ensuring the reliability of our code, pipeline, infrastructure & overall product.
Hastens Disaster Recovery – If a recent release is causing disruption of service in your product then you can roll back to the previous version with a lot less to worry about. This is vital if you are offering a SaaS where one outage could result in losing a large number of valuable customers.
Dev Environment is ever changing – With Agile Scrum Development, the demands of end users are ever changing, increasing fluidity in terms of the state of a product. It becomes nearly impossible for a QA to find a time window for performing a complete round of regression testing. Also, the tools used by a developer could prevent a QA validation to take place in an appropriate manner.
It is highly necessary to maintain QA on regular basis. An isolated server and database must be dedicated. Poor Production results are a reflection of mismanagement conducted in terms of using the QA environment. There are reasons to why the organization fails to reap fruits from QA.
Now looking at profession!
A Quality Analyst is required to assure the robustness of a product. Especially in the world of DevOps where the updates take place in an application almost on weekly basis. With so many frequent changes taking place, outages look to be very common. Outages are supposed to wreck the life of a developer and the manager. Everyone needs a quick hotfix when a service of a product goes south affecting more than a single customer.
But an immediate fix needs to be thoroughly tested before it gets migrated in Production. Developers and product manager would want the job to be done in a whim. This is where QAs need to step up and take the responsibility of evaluating whether that immediate fix for one outage doesn’t end up affecting any other functionality in the application. So just as much as a developer is needed to get rid of an outage by a quick fix, a Quality analyst is needed to prevent future outages to as many extents as possible.
The software world is transforming with tremendous speed. Every year we notice introduction in software trends. Developing is only one side of a coin, the other side of testing! For a successful product delivery, it is mandatory that development and testing go hand in hand! So a QA is in just as high demand as a developer. You need a skilled QA to ensure your product is stable and easily usable by the end users. The more skilled your QA, the better chances you have with customer retention and staying ahead with your competitors!