Facts and Myths About the Quality Assurance Industry

Facts and Myths About the Quality Assurance Industry

Quality assurance facts have been substituted by overgeneralizations, misconceptions, and miscommunications. Software engineers used to write and test their own programmes (before about 15 years ago). As the demand for software and apps grew in tandem with the speed of the Internet, software businesses responded by releasing more regular releases and upgrades. Users’ expectations for rock-solid releases that addressed their shifting needs grew at the same time.

Faster and more frequent releases generated greater room for error, necessitating the use of software quality assurance to meet the demand for quick-turnaround software that works. Software testing as a function and a separate entity from development to provide competent, speedy review has become standard and a “must-have” for many firms.

1.Myth – Testing is too expensive

The origins of this misconception can be traced back to the very real concerns of product owners on a small budget. But which is more expensive: adequate testing or the possibilities and market share lost as a result of a flawed software release? In the worst-case scenario, you lose clients; in the best-case scenario, a significant problem discovered in production creates a fire drill for your development staff. Because your market credibility and client base are on the line, not to mention the danger of your budget going wild due to damage control at this late stage in development, it’s well worth the effort and price to plan for testing your software. Testing is, in essence, a big factor in your odds for success, which is why I didn’t say “cost,” but rather “investment.”

2.Myth – Testers will not become Project Managers

Many people believe that if you work as a tester, you won’t be able to advance your career in management. However, the two are mutually exclusive. To become a manager, you must learn abilities such as people management, cost management, and time management, among others. This has nothing to do with testing, development, or other technical issues.

Individual project management skills must be developed, and this may be done by anyone from any technology or stream in the globe. As a result, being a tester does not encourage or discourage project management. It is a self-contained field in which anyone with a serious interest can succeed.

3.Myth – Quality Assurance is a passing fad

There were a lot of executives in the 1990s who stated the same thing about email. Quality control processes, on the other hand, have been established for well over 200 years, unlike email. Even before the industrial revolution, when the desire for uniformity made a quality control process a foregone conclusion, mediaeval guilds-imposed quality standards to protect their members’ reputations while also limiting the impact of competition.

Dismissing efforts to develop in this area as a “fad” is a common managerial strategy for avoiding a problem.

4.Myth – People with poor coding abilities are put in charge of testing

The most common misunderstanding regarding testers is that they are poor coders. In the majority of cases, testing also requires coding.

ETL testing/data validation requires testers to perform complex SQL queries to validate data or generate test data. Testers translate code written in one database to another database during migration testing. To automate testing, you’ll need to write scripts in JAVA/Perl or another coding language.

As a result, this point of view is meaningless.

5.Myth – Testing team needs to be small

The quantity of regression testing rises when new features are added.

In a product, for example, there are previously launched features X and Y. Z and A will be included in the current edition. The new feature testing activity for C and D, as well as regression testing for X and Y, will be included in the testing. Feature C will be added in the next edition. In this situation, the tester should double-check the new feature F as well as the features X, Y, Z, and A.

Imagine how quickly the breadth of regression testing will expand in a half-year with numerous developers working together in a team. Testers will aim to maximize coverage; however, this may result in the omission of some regression checks, resulting in the emergence of regression faults in previously untested areas.

Wrapping Up

With Quality Control and Quality Assurance now present in every aspect of the manufacturing process, debating whether or not to step up your efforts is simply a certain method to ensure that you will be causing more problems for your company down the line. For small manufacturers, getting started can be the most difficult aspect, especially if you’ve never done anything like this before.

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