The world is becoming increasingly reliant on technology. Automation is rapidly replacing human labor and hardware. To continue to improve products, DevOps must engage in software testing. This can help combat issues with new software before it goes to market.
The 411 on software testing
What is software testing? Software testing is the responsibility of DevOps to streamline their services during the QA process. In layman’s terms, software testing is the set of methods one uses to ensure their software products are safe, reliable, and performing as fast as possible.
Quality Assurance can be tricky for newcomers, especially if they are on a budget. Fortunately, there are inexpensive methods you can use to ensure your software is up to standards.
Test all of your assets before release
Nobody wants to receive a malfunctioning application. Before your software reaches the market, make sure it passes several tests measuring baseline aspects of its performance. Set realistic product standards before deciding you are through with a project.
If you are on a budget, some easy examples of product testing include surveying customers, A/B testing, and using the product personally, and ensuring the security when in the cloud or onnline. A/B testing is particularly effective because it offers subjects an alternative secondary (B) product to compare with your primary (A) product.
Continually improve your services.
The cool thing about QA is that nobody’s job is permanently over. Just like all things in life, there is always room for improvement. If you feel that software is underperforming, have DevOps perform a software review of it. Continuous improvement is crucial.
Some efficient ways to ensure QA include documenting your products, performing project audits, and measuring changes in public opinion. Record your product documentation on hard copies, not just on electronic devices. Make physical checklists and records of your work.
Know when to measure your losses and regroup.
If an asset is not up to standards, a good DevOps team will know when to rethink its ambitions. Maybe an idea your group has is too much to chew on. Perhaps you are approaching an issue too aggressively.
Sometimes, continuously updating and releasing projects can be a detriment to the overall performance of your group. If you feel you are spending too much time on something, you might be better off moving on to the next goal.
Streamline your DevOps team communication
Cross-functional communication is key to any functioning team. All members should gather before the development process for preplanning. This method ensures all members know what they are supposed to do. This type of product development requires everyone be on the same page.
Engage your team with all of the proper conduct you would expect given to you. Incentivize members to contribute to these meetings in a way that does not feel rude, overbearing, or sterile. Meetings can occur virtually or in person.
There are many tricks a good DevOps team will have up its sleeve. When things seem more demanding than necessary, it is a good sign that you have reached an area you can improve.
Do not be afraid to try new techniques. Measuring customer satisfaction, streamlining asset performance, and bolstering developer communication is key to optimizing QA.