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What is Software Quality Assurance?

Posted in Software testing by testing in London on October 12, 2007

From b-eye

Quality assurance means different things to different individuals. To some, QA means testing, but quality cannot be tested at the end of a project. It must be built in as the solution is conceived, evolves and is developed. To some, QA resources are the “process police” – nitpickers insisting on 100% compliance with a defined development process methodology. Rather, it is important to implement processes and controls that will really benefit the project.

Quality assurance consists of a planned and systematic pattern of the activities necessary to provide confidence that a solution conforms to established requirements. Testing is just one of those activities.

In the typical software QA methodology, the key tasks are:

  • Articulate the development methodology for all to know
  • Rigorously define and inspect the requirements
  • Ensure that the requirements are testable
  • Prioritise based on risk
  • Create test plans
  • Set up the test environment and data
  • Execute test cases
  • Document and manage defects and test results
  • Gather metrics for management decisions
  • Assess readiness to implement

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