The Role of QA in DevOps
This article provides insights into the concept of DevOps how we at Q-Pros adapted the role of quality assurance into more dynamic and collaborative activities to best fit in the DevOps team structure.
The need for faster time to market and superior quality is getting intense in the software development process. Organizations are reaping the benefits of DevOps approach and are incorporating the rules within every aspect of software testing.
The underlying objectives of adopting DevOps are to make the testing and development process more collaborative, ensure software quality, and to help launch applications faster to the market. This makes quality assurance and controls a key component in the DevOps methodology. New-age applications need real-time changes and updates to meet the growing demands of the end-users. This requires continuous development, continuous testing and continuous delivery/deployment. DevOps enables teams to constantly upgrade and deliver.
Every enterprise and its style of working differs. The way they would adopt DevOps will differ, too. But digital transformation and the need to be available for end-users all the time with new updates is transforming the way enterprises adopt new practices and methodologies. Every enterprise has to evolve in a sustainable manner, so quality is at the core of every practice, including DevOps.
Why is QA essential to DevOps?
In the DevOps scenario, QA integrates into the testing and development process and takes the collaborative approach. Quality is ensured throughout the testing and delivery cycle and both the testing and development teams are responsible for it. In the traditional pattern, quality creeps in toward the end, but with DevOps it comes in at every level.
In terms of code development, the QA team pushes the new development code into production and DevOps facilitates to ensure a seamless deployment of infrastructure and tools. Thus, it helps in releasing a code on a consistent basis and the responsibility to ensure quality is not just limited to closing bugs; it is built in the overall application release.
Web/mobile applications such as electronic services, ecommerce or financial services application need to be updated frequently. It is a key business requirement. DevOps helps to make this possible, but with QA involved, the quality of the release is ensured. Moreover, with DevOps, the reality check can happen in real time rather than taking the code offline and testing it.
Overall, the popularity of DevOps over the years has intertwined quality into every engineer’s responsibility, which is a positive sign. This helps in addressing the needs of the market and ensure that end users do not suffer. QA further enables and directs teams to check the application for performance and quality before it is delivered.
The role of QA in the current software development process is changing, where the end user comes into focus and the needs of the end user are brought into perspective while delivering the application. Releasing new and functional builds at any point through the application’s life cycle can become a disaster if quality is not ensured constantly. Automation of tests plays a critical role to guarantee quality and bring speed to the releasing process.
Building a QA strategy with the necessary best practices is essential for organizations that are embracing the DevOps movement. This will help in delivering effective software development and operations to achieve user experience. DevOps practices are adopted to improve the regularity of the releases and reduce the defects. It is a methodology that boosts rapid, short, iterative development and deployment of applications.
So, the idea of incorporating QA is to ensure continuous improvement in the delivery process. DevOps helps digital enterprises to meet the needs of the competition and enable overall business growth. As a result, enterprises can streamline and pace up the delivery of applications with changes and innovation.
Continuous Integration, Continuous Delivery & Continuous Success
The disconnect between QA and DevOps often occurs due to misconceptions about the role of quality assurance in the modern software development life cycle. Even as continuous integration servers and continuous delivery practices check your code for errors, they don’t ensure its quality when you define quality from your end-user’s perspective rather than your code’s: “quality is fitness for your end-user’s purpose.”
We at Quality Professionals have implemented series of checks to verify the quality of the build and ensure no bugs get pushed to production:
- Code Review
- Test Automation
- Deploy to Staging
- Comprehensive QA Checklist