Do you need to hire a QA tester? What more could s/he bring to the table than your experienced developers?
In the modern software development scene, the role of a QA tester is important to ensure the timely delivery of good quality products.
Here are 10 reasons why a QA tester is an unexpendable need of every software development firm.
You will encounter numerous big/little error-prone elements in the development process. Anything from complex logic errors to simple function errors. An ideal QA tester is the one who would continuously assess the process, ensuring quality in every step.
Having faith/confidence in the team doesn’t mean you have to compromise the quality. By having a QA person in-house, you are not only assuring quality but also significantly minimizing the probability of any large-scale loss.
Your senior developers probably skim through each line of code. However, developers and testers have completely different perspectives on testing.
For example, consider an ‘image upload’ feature with multiple file format support and size limit. Your developer would probably only take time to test the code with one or two files, just to check if the code is running.
But a LiteBreeze QA tester would thoroughly check the code in all possible permutations. So, this perspective is considered more end-user oriented, promising end-to-end quality.
For a QA tester, detecting bugs is essentially his/her job. With enough experience in the field, s/he will develop solid skills in bug detection.
Even the most experienced developer may not have the keen eye of an exclusive QA tester.
In reality, testing is not only about detecting bugs, but also involves enhancing the user experience based on multiple factors including design, responsiveness, and user-friendliness.
LiteBreeze QA testers compare the product under development with other similar products in the market and customer interaction with those products.
This data is used for product improvements, thus maintaining current industry quality standards/trends.
A QA tester tests a product in both positive and negative scenarios and creates detailed test cases. These test cases can be used to build confidence in the prospects on both the quality of the deliverable and the know-how of technical experts.
If your software product is under development in a certain firm, it is best to have their QA tester analyze it.
A resident QA tester would be already familiar with the project requirements. This will decrease time and effort to ‘get the tester up to speed’. He is also aware of the possible errors his/her colleagues could make, from working on past projects.
Developers always work under a timeframe and within a specific budget. Therefore, they abide by client requirements, and they mostly do not think further on what would be perfect.
A QA tester can be said as an extra set of eyes to guide the process to perfection.
When working on large-scale products, each developer might be assigned to a certain portion of the product. They might not know how everything would fit together and work.
When a new feature is added to a particular section, it may affect the working of another functionality in another section.
Since the QA tester is working on the product wholly, s/he would be aware of even the slightest change, will fill the knowledge gap between developers, and essentially enable the efficient completion of the product development.
Webmasters may be experts in their fields but not necessarily expert techies. The task of ensuring the existence of all the little things that contribute to the smooth working of each feature should be left exclusively to the QA tester.
At LiteBreeze, QA testers focus on ensuring a high level of quality in all aspects of the development process like functionality, design, SEO, user-friendliness, responsiveness, etc.
Quality is never an accident; it is always the result of intelligent effort. – John Ruskin