DevOps culture has brought about a significant change in the way the IT industry operates.
Breaking the siloes among different teams, DevOps encouraged a new style of collaborative functioning with all the key stakeholders involved in the software development lifecycle.
Unlike the traditional waterfall model, the DevOps process engages different teams in its mission to achieve continuous development, integration, deployment, and monitoring throughout the product lifecycle.
The DevOps process demands the involvement of the entire engineering team including developers, testers, QA, IT and others, all working on a single agenda of timely productivity with high quality.
By involving all the relevant stakeholders, DevOps gives them an opportunity to leverage the potential in a collaborative culture and grow their way.
Here we will see how QA teams can leverage the DevOps potential to ensure quality delivery and faster deployment of every release.
For this, QA teams will need to have a special focus on the following three main pillars:
QA teams work with Development teams in a DevOps process is typically aimed at speeding up the delivery time to market.
For this, QA teams request manual intervention in the testing process, while expecting a dynamic and automatic generation of test data. Here is where automation testing plays a crucial role in easing the manual tasks, saving time and ensuring the delivery of high-quality builds.
Whereas, QA collaboration with Ops team will be majorly focused on developing scripts for restoration, backup and deployment operations, which help them push the code that functions and pull back in case of any issues.
QA teams should understand the role of automation in DevOps success. Given this fact, they should aim at automating the maximum number of tasks that require manual intervention and eliminate manual testing. This requires the building of strong UPI/API frameworks to support the automation of repeatable tasks/key test cases, making them run independently. This saves engineers team spent on making manual data entries and running manual test cases. Thus, the objectives of consistency in repetition and predictability are achieved.
Collaboration is Key
Best automated tests reflect the strong collaboration between Dev and QA teams. Collaboration with developers, who naturally possess strong abilities in understanding code, makes it easy to build robust automated test cases. Further, Testers leverage their abilities to ensure the test cases run in line with the business requirements.
Thus, QA teams can play a crucial role in bridging Development-Operations gaps and make them work collaboratively to ensure the continuity of software and applications.
Role of QA team in the DevOps process should ideally focus on:
- Ensuring quality across SDLC
- Satisfying user experience rather than attaining perfection in software
- Early detection of errors through the predefined metrics
- Guiding developer teams in the right direction
- Automated regression testing on key software functionalities
QA teams can yield better results in collaboration with Development teams. This collaboration naturally paves ways for continuous delivery, careful testing, robust automation, and high predictability.
Thus, QA teams can contribute to the DevOps success through the Dev (QA) Ops approach that calls for effective QA & testing process.
All this definitely helps the QA team in their own progress as well as contributing to the overall DevOps success.
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