11 May 2017 by Sophia Sykes
The Grey Area Between Software Development and Testing: Where Does One Begin and the Other End?
We are now in an age where software projects are more complex than ever before, with teams working around the globe on the same program. As a result, a culture of organisation is essential, with developers and testers needing to work in coalition to encourage great results.
While an end goal may be well ingrained in every team member's mind, the truth is many projects do not flow as we wish, especially when it comes to the final stages of a large-scale software development project.
The grey area
Even now, the role of the developer/tester is incredibly blurred when it comes to checking quality and user experience, with defined roles certainly required. While you would think the developer develops and then the tester tests, there are many grey areas and crossovers regarding the job roles. For example, each line of code either makes the customer experience better or worse, putting a quality control aspect in the hands of the developer. Likewise, the tester may have comments and feedback that can enhance the development phase, with the two jobs intertwined and complimentary to one another.
Quality from the Beginning
Developers posses a quality-focused relationship with the customer, with their coding being the bare bones of what they are presented with. For this reason, many believe that teams placing the responsibility of quality on testers devalue the development process, with such methods leading to expensive issues that fester in the code. This is why software teams now encompass developers, testers, designers, product managers, and executive stake holders, All playing a role in the quality of the final application.
Is agile testing the best option for a successful development project?
A great way to tackle the confusing relationship between developers and testing is through leveraged or agile testing, with a well-formatted, strategic approach working wonders for software teams across the UK.
In a nutshell, agile development integrates testing into the development process as apposed to having a separate phase. Testing therefore is an integral part of the software development and actively participates in the coding process. In addition, this approach involves a cross-functional team, all relying on the expertise provided by the Testers.
Effective agile testing generally addresses the following elements for software projects:
So, with regards to where development finishes and testing begins, the answer is that there is no real answer, with each software team working with their own set-up. However, in our opinion, an effective team will use an agile testing process that encourages fewer glitches and a united, flourishing team!
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