Digital transformation has always been a volatile industry, requiring a great vision and a good amount of co-ordination within an organization, providing consistent and flawless user experience. However, it is easier said than done! Bottlenecks are ought to be there, because of which most of the organizations are adopting DevOps, which involves an end-to-end automation, be it for development, testing or deployment.
The main role of DevOps testing is to take the agile methodology a step further by getting all the stakeholders of an enterprise involved. In fact, the DevOps testing strategy encompasses continuous enhancement of software products to address the varied customer needs. The main aim of using DevOps is to detect and eliminate glitches to reduce the cost and time to fix issues, which can affect user experience. It is to be noted that in a highly competitive digital market, a poor UX can stifle the business and the ambitions of its owners.
Key advantages of using DevOps testing
- Deployment of high-quality applications across platforms, operating systems, devices, and networks
- Emerging technological platforms addressing the demand by customers for better products
- Increasing competition prompting the release of apps
- The emergence of complex applications with footprints in the physical and the virtual world
DevOps means Quality Assurance
The first two paragraphs in this blog has already established the importance of DevOps in the world of automation. However, when it comes to Quality Assurance, DevOps needs a detailed discussion. Here’s listing some of the ways DevOps enables effective Quality Assurance:
- QA becomes a collective responsibility, instead of being assigned to a single department or organization.
- It ensures better collaboration between teams with different cultures
- It ensures faster elimination and identification of glitches.
- It accelerates the time to market and keeps an account of the quality of the software through customer feedback.
- It ensures timely releases
- It adopts quick sprints, thus cutting down the software development Life Cycle
- It enables cost cutting due to absence of rework
- It optimizes the utilization of resources and prevents waste
- It ensures continuous development, integration, testing, deployment, monitoring, and innovation of applications.
Measuring the DevOps through customer feedback
Customer feedback is the most important step in any form of testing. Post deployment of the application, it is important to take customer feedback and absorb the same to improve performance further. The success of DevOps QA depends on the level of automation, apart from the degree of collaboration among various stakeholders.
In fact, it is important that organizations use a tough automation software to execute quality assurance across platforms and devices. The automation software must be able to test the code as part of the development sprint on a variety of devices and test environments. The DevOps QA approach should be measurable based on certain metric, which are:
- The QA team dealing with continuous integration must be able to work with all the tools to find out the glitches.
- The test data, including dependencies should be easy to access.
- The entire build, release, deploy, verify and rework processes should be streamlined
- The learning should be simple to felicitate quicker learning, execution, and adoption