Why is Quality Assurance (QA) an essential step for your software project?
Picture this. Your website or app has finally launched after long and tedious months of development. You are ecstatic with how beautiful the website looks, and so far, it has been working fine… but then… you get a message from a furious user who is complaining that the app does not function correctly on their device. Or, perhaps you receive a notification about a new change the development team just made and it is causing core features to stop working on the site.
You find yourself in a frenzy trying to figure out how you are going to get your site or app back up and running without losing or upsetting too many customers. Good news! Take a deep breath; you can avoid all of this chaos with Quality Assurance.
Software Bugs, the Inevitable Foe
It’s time to face the unfortunate truth: Software bugs are inevitable; no matter how awesome the development team is, there will always be bugs. According to Techopedia, a Software bug is a problem causing a program to crash or produce invalid output. A bug can be an error, mistake, defect or fault, which may cause failure or deviation from expected results. Preventing bugs is extremely difficult. If you are running with a very lean team (as are almost all companies on a budget), you might not have time for complete test case development, or you aren’t completing extensive design reviews. Bugs can also happen because of dependencies on other systems.
But who can Save my App from all of these Bugs?
Who exterminates these software bugs? Our heroes, the Quality Assurance Technicians (QA testers) find the bugs, so your users do not come across them unexpectedly. No one likes it when their app crashes or if the page they are browsing stops responding. The purpose of QA testing is to find and report these issues so they can be eliminated before the software reaches the user.
QA testers mostly do one of two things. They either perform regression testing or go through new features of the site looking for bugs. The regression tests help ensure the functionality of the site does not get diminished with any changes that are made to the site. Before new features can be added to a site or app, they need to be thoroughly tested. All of this QA work eliminates the negative interactions for the user.
QA is a necessity for your next project. Without QA, you should expect a ton of negative feedback from your users. While developers usually test their own code, they don’t have time to review everything. QA testers are there to ensure you and your users have an almost flawless product and fantastic user experience. Your users will thank you for a beautifully designed product that works seamlessly. An app without major bugs will delight your customers and build an honorable reputation for your brand.
From all of us here at Bytelion, we wish you the best of luck when you are exterminating your software bugs!
Kathleen was featured in our intern blog.
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