Five Ways to Release Higher Quality, Secure, and Reliable
Software testing accounts for, roughly, 30 percent of a total software project’s effort or lifecycle. We believe that testing is more than a percentage of time because the value of quality testing goes far beyond its place in the software development life cycle.
Testing is at the heart of how any team or organization, driven by digital products and foundations, achieves their business goals. Brand reputation, market penetration, and customer experience and loyalty cannot be achieved without high-quality digital products, which depend on a cycle of testing and improvement.
Here are some of the top testing trends that we see influencing the discipline and its place within the dev team and its workflow.
Takeaway #1: Diversify Digital
You know famine mode – when your dev team is waiting around for new work to come in, fretting about the life or death of their product or project. Feast mode is when there is too much to address at a high level in the time allotted. We believe in balancing out these cycles to achieve a more sustainable and high-quality outcome.
Teams are looking to continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) as a way to use Agile principles to release changes to customers quickly with quality that is delivered sustainably.
Trend #2: Aligning Cycle Release Frequency to Business Objectives
Cycle release cadence is a touchy subject at many organizations. Yet, we see that aligning your release schedule to business goals as key to building a realistic and reliable reputation with your customers. There is no “one cycle fits all” approach. Your release cadence should match your organization, your customer expectations, and your development team make-up.
Trend #3: Sustaining Testing Quality Consistently
Software development teams that have conquered the ebb and flow of quality standards, not only realize a more consistent development cycle, but they build a solid reputation with executives. Metrics like open close defect reports give you reliable predictors of software quality.
The goal is to sustain quality throughout the cycle, not just before releases, and then relying on bug fixes in the field. Testing strategies that create a seamless pipeline, also allow teams to mitigate wild swings in quality outcomes.
Trend #4: Test Automation
No trend list would be complete without addressing test automation. In fact, to implement DevOps practices successfully, you must make automation a centerpiece.
Where can you replace manual testing? Many teams start with regression testing and look for where they have standards that are consistent enough that they merit automation.
And, infusing testing automation with machine learning and AI is a focus. From prioritizing test cases to predicting test quality and classifying defects, tools like robotic process automation are upping the game for testing teams.
Trend #5: Testing Cybersecurity and Compliance
Dev teams are working more closely than ever with CISOs and CTOs to address the myriad of data threats affecting their products. Ramping up security testing is a growing focus to ensure that the development team takes cybersecurity, privacy, and data compliance into account early in the SDLC.
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No matter the internal testing trends in your organization, SDLC Partners is Pittsburgh’s premier testing consulting and support organization.