Even though there had been a period where software developers are mushrooming all over and this service has become a commodity, the process itself requires tedious quality control if it is to become a tool for efficient work in any business or organization. The creation of software includes processes that involve design, development, enhancement and also maintenance. And to avoid errors in the transition from one level of process to another strict quality assurance must be employed. Simply put, quality assurance is a key systematic part of software development process that ensures compliance to requirements, standards and procedures.
Software development is a complex process, entailing risks and costly mistakes when not well-managed. In website development for instance, risks may involve the site’s non-performance as intended or difficulty in its operations. In some cases, risk could also involve the budget being overrun due to costly trial and error. By employing quality assurance, risks are minimized if not totally eliminated, whether technical or programmatic. Any problems arising in the development process are taken note of and given priority for correction.
Principle #1 – As intended
The development of a software must deliver its purpose at the end stage – that is, it should do what it intends to do for the user; more importantly it must solve a user’s problem or improve the way things are done. It is not surprising that some software turnout to be more than what the user expected, for which the over delivery of function results to user delight.
Principle #2 – Do it right the first time
If the software developers keep this principle in mind huge amount of errors are eliminated. Applying this principle in the work process saves time and money as well as often beating the “deadline”. Quality of materials, production and management are what quality assurance manages. In fact, the software developer must do things right the first time at any level of production. This ensures working timeline is met because mistakes are avoided and also going back and forth to correct them.
Unplanned and instantaneous procedures for quality testing in software development almost always warranty high degree of error. The user can easily find the problem and oftentimes get annoyed for the inconvenience. It’s as if “the user was not kept in mind” during the process of development.
Quality assurance is often mistaken as only a part of “testing”, however the reverse is more accurate as testing is involved in every stage of software development as the “verifier” that the development is ready to proceed to the next step. Quality testing is an important part of each software development life cycle milestones.
Testing quality assurance
In each step of software development process, tests are conducted to counter check its functionality at its level, to find out if all features are working as “promised” and to look for any short term or long term flaws that could arise. When all standard procedures in quality assurance and testing are undertaken user satisfaction and happy clients follow.