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What is a Software Development Procedure?

A product advancement procedure outsourcing companies in India or life cycle is a structure imposed on the development of a software outsourcing product. There are few models for such procedure. Each describing approaches to a variety of tasks procedures for outsourcing companies in India.
Must and more software development organizations implement procedure methodologies.
The Capability Maturity Model is one of the leading ideals. Assessments used to grade the company, how well they create software according to how they define and execute their procedure.

Procedure

Requirements Analysis

Extracting the requirements of the desired software product is the first task in creating it. When customers probably believe they know what the software is to do, it may require skill and experience in software outsourcing to recognize incomplete, obscure or contradictory requirements.

Specification

A specification is a task of precisely describing the software development to be written, in a mathematically hard way. In practice, most successful specifications written to understand and applications that already well-developed, although safety-critical software development outsourcing systems are often carefully specified prior to application development outsourcing companies in India. Specifications are most important for external interfaces that must remain stable.

Software architecture

The architecture of a software outsourcing system refers to an abstract representation of that system. Architecture concerned with making sure the software development outsourcing system will meet the requirements of the product. As well as ensuring it future requirements can be addressed.

Implementation

Reducing a design to code may be the most obvious part of the software outsourcing services. But it is not necessarily the largest portion.

Testing

Testing of parts of software outsourcing companies, especially where code by two different engineers must work together, falls to the software engineer.

Documentation

An important task is documenting the internal design of software outsourcing for the purpose of future maintenance and growth.

Training and Support

A large percentage of software projects fail because the developers fail to realize that it doesn’t matter how much time and planning a development team puts into creating software if nobody in an organization ends up using it. People are sometimes resistant to change and avoid risk into an unfamiliar area. So as a part, its very important to have training classes for the most software outsourcing users, shifting the training towards the neutral users intermixed with the eager supporters,

Maintenance

Maintaining and growing software to cope with newly discovered problems or requirements can take far more time than the initial development of the software outsourcing. Not only may it be necessary to add code that does not fit the original design but just determining how a software works at some point after it completed may require significant effort by a software outsourcing companies in India. About 60% of all software outsourcing companies in India work is maintenance.

Anand : First of all, I would like to thank Ajay for taking the time out from his schedule to share his views on various aspects of software testing with us. Ajay is an inspiration to many people in the software testing world. With his dedication to the craft and passion for the learning and sharing, he has helped many testers around the world. Ajay has presented in many conferences around the world including a keynote at CAST 2015.

We are honoured and privileged to have Ajay with us today.

Anand: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us Ajay, Appreciate. To start with, tell us something about yourself.

Ajay: Hello, I am Ajay and a software tester. I have spent my last eleven years learning about software testing, problem solving and how to think well. I like to meet software testers and understand their perspective of software testing.

Anand: When did you start your career in software testing? Was it something that just happened or did you choose software testing as a career?

Ajay: I was offered the position of Associate QA Engineer at my first job. I liked the subject Total Quality Management in my engineering degree and the passion seems to have helped me get the job of a software tester. Even after the interview, I did not know what is software testing. I did not want to take up another offer for the fear of being asked to program. After the initial software testing training at my job, I had more questions than answers. Maybe, that is when the software tester inside me was born.

Anand: When did you become seriously passionate about software testing? How did that happen? Was there any trigger?

Ajay: As I had many questions, I started searching for answers. I wanted to be the best software tester. When I searched for “How to become the best software tester???, one of the Google search results was the video by James Bach: Becoming a software testing expert.

Another important trigger was an email sent by my colleague about a testing workshop by Pradeep Soundararajan. I attended that workshop and that led me to discover the beautiful world of software testing and how the testing community is alive and learning all the time.

Anand: How do you know if a tester is not passionate or engaged with the craft? What are the signs?

Ajay: Most of the times, you will know it when you talk to a tester. Some of the signs I look for are:

  • Do they ask sensible questions or are they happy doing what is told to them
  • Do they invest in their learning or wait for the company to sponsor their learning. It is not always the money but the motivation to spend time in self-learning. For example, Srinivas Kadiyala spends time outside his office hours to learn about software testing.
  • How does one practice software testing?
  • Are they proud of their work?
Anand: When you look at your journey so far, what makes you feel good and satisfied?

Ajay: I got an opportunity to learn from many thought leaders as part of the workshops, testing meetups and conferences all around the world. That makes me happy and feel lucky to be associated with the thought leaders. Many testers are unaware that there is an active community which thinks and works on software testing apart from their day to day office activities.

I have experienced multiple conferences like CAST, EuroSTAR, Agile Testing Days, Mobile App Europe, VISTACon, STePINSummit, Unicom’s WCNGT, Think Test, QAI Conference. Also, the experiences at workshops like Problem Solving Leadership, Rapid Testing Intensive, Rapid Software Testing are going to help me for a long time.

Anand: Tell us something about the books you have read related to software testing. Which books would you recommend and why?

Ajay: The first books that helped me understand more about software testing are:

  • Testing Computer Software
  • Lessons Learned in Software Testing

Then, I was introduced to the world of Jerry Weinberg’s books like Perfect Software and Other Illusions about Software Testing, Are your lights on?

Then, you start picking up books specific to the problem you are facing right now at your workplace. I loved the book on Mobile app testing by Jonathan Kohl when I was testing mobile apps.

Anand: What are your views on different styles of testing such as scripted, exploratory, in an agile context, and so on? What is your style?

Ajay: As long as the customer is happy, I am happy to follow any style. Personally, I prefer exploratory testing approach. I believe that a skilled tester can adapt to any style especially agile contexts where there is constant change and feedback loops.

Anand: What is the biggest contribution a tester can make in a project?

Ajay: Our role as testers is to gather information to the management about the quality of the product, project and the testing efforts. I love talking to as many stakeholders as possible, understanding everyone’s expectations and alerting any discrepancies. A tester’s biggest (one of the biggest) contribution would be to understand that things can be different than what it appears to be. A tester should be able to sniff out problems and be courageous enough to share it with the stakeholders.

Anand: What changes have you noticed in the role of a tester? How is it evolving?

Ajay: When I started as a tester, it was considered as the last line of defence and testers were blamed for any bugs in production. Slowly, they were involved in meetings where developers discussed the product design and were encouraged to understand the underlying technology. Now the testers are slowly asked to come out of the silos and be involved right from the start. Even with all these changes, one thing remains constant and I like that. The testers need to be constantly working on their skills. The testers should understand that testing is their core skill and irrespective of the context they are in, skills like questioning, critical thinking, observation, manipulation, resourcing are always in demand.

Anand: Do you have any advice for the people who are still discovering if testing is for them or not?

Ajay: Anyone can test. To test well, you need to work on your skills. So find out if you are ready to put in the long hours to hone your skills. The journey to become a skilled tester is never ending and interesting at the same time.

Testing doesn’t mean no coding. It doesn’t mean working alone. Read the blog posts by testers all over the world and see if it interests you. Talk to the testers from the community on Twitter, Skype and clarify your doubts.

Anand: Thank you, Ajay, for sharing your views with us. Your insight and work on software testing have helped many testers around the world. We hope that you will continue to contribute to this community of software testers and help it move forward. Once again, sincere thanks for taking the time out to share your views with us.

To our readers, if you like the views and insights shared by Ajay, please share it in your network on Linked-In, Facebook, or Twitter.

When it comes to agile development, speed is everything. The need for speed is more crucial for user centric applications, where the pressure to innovate quickly is high.  The goal of every Dev Ops team is to a sustain continues delivery process that can help release the newer & improved version of the software faster.  While focusing on speeding up the development life cycle, many enterprises ignore the testing process. An agile Dev op needs an agile QA to be successful.

Need For Continuous Testing & Test Automation

In the agile development model, continuous testing plays a crucial role. Testing helps in easy identification & resolution of software defects.  The sooner the defects are found and fixed, the lesser is the cost to business. Integrating an adequate testing process in early stages of production enables faster recovery in case of unexpected events or defects in the product. A Continuous delivery model thus requires a Continuous testing process. This is possible only through test automation. An end to end test automation strategy will enable companies to test early, test fast & automate easily at every stage of product development. This in turn helps integrate the QA efforts to match the speed of Dev ops, helping developers to release innovative software features faster in a matter of weeks.

Challenges In Test Automation

With automation, speed and efficiency can be achieved, test cycles can be run faster allowing developers to gain feedback & insights faster. While it is tempting to automate every form of testing, manual testing is required in exploratory & regression testing at UI level.  Further, creating test environments & configuring an automation framework requires a lot of skill & effort. The biggest woes in achieving test automation coverage includes the cost & time involved in setting up of an effective automation framework. Additionally, finding the right skilled automation experts is a challenge, many companies face. Continuous delivery, testing & integration involves a lot of collaboration between testers, developers and product managers. A comprehensive test management platform that facilitates this process is a must for the success of the test automation project.

Crowd Sourced Solution For Test Automation & Continuous Testing

The greater the agility of the QA process, the more effective and faster the development process will be. This scale of agility and flexibility can be achieved through test automation powered by crowd. Relying on crowd sourced platforms can help companies optimize their testing efforts in a cost effective manner.  Crowd testing gives product owners the power of an on-demand skilled work force that can scale up to meet the growing needs of development. You can not only get expert help to find critical bugs, but also gain support in creating & executing the test cases for automation. Companies can thus help development team get insights faster without straining their existing in-house QA resources. With access to the right talent who understand your software architecture, you can create and execute successful automation scripts. By automating critical workflows, enterprises can significantly reduce time & cost in testing.

 

This with an effective & planned test management platform, that utilizes the power of crowd & automation, product owners can track, resolve and implement fixes to address critical & high priority bugs in their application with ease. Developers can focus on bringing new innovations to deliver superior user experience.