We have seen approaches to software development change swiftly in recent years. Practices such as Agile, Continuous Integration/Delivery, and DevOps have become mainstream. Developers are transforming the product creation process, using not only a different approach to organizing the work but also fundamentally new technologies. How is the quality creation process changing in this paradigm? Obviously, the QA department is gaining a lot of new ways to improve product quality. How can you know how effective your quality assurance process is in this new and agile world?
It must be recognized that a large number of familiar consulting models employed previously to assess the maturity and effectiveness of testing and quality assurance processes have become outdated together with the former processes. Many consulting companies analyze the effectiveness of quality assurance processes. Performance Lab is one such company focused on QA services. It possesses ISTQB, CMMI, and COBiT certifications.
Performance Lab audits the maturity and effectiveness of software quality assurance processes using its own patented Quality Gates Next methodology, which considers the IT-product creation process as a quality assurance pipeline. The result of the audit is not only information about the process’s level of maturity in the familiar terminology of TPI or CMMI, but also a detailed technical description of every hole found through which quality is leaking during product creation.
The Quality Gates Next methodology provides eight quality gates that the product must pass before it is released. Each gate contains specific quality checks that the product must pass in order to move to the next phase. A similar philosophy is familiar to many developers who practice unit testing.
The old approaches most often resulted in the team starting to think about quality only when development was finished. Testers receive a raw product that is simply overflowing with bugs, and diligently set to filing them. This takes an inexcusable amount of time in today’s world, and, unfortunately, often forces IT managers to sacrifice quality in order to meet deadlines for releasing the product.
An audit based on the Quality Gates Next methodology can not only illuminate the problems but also provide valuable recommendations regarding quality assurance, beginning with the earliest stages of development. Thus, testing and quality assurance no longer lag behind the new development methodologies. The synergy between development and testing will yield results in the form of an organic reduction in time to market and increased product quality.
Author: Yuri Kovalov, founding partner @Performance Lab