Managing Quality Assurance in a High-Dependency, Fast-Paced Development Environment

Managing Quality Assurance in a High-Dependency, Fast-Paced Development Environment

3 July 2024 Stephan Petzl Leave a comment QA

Working as the sole tester in a complex environment with interdependent applications can be challenging. This article provides practical advice to help you navigate these difficulties and improve your testing processes.

Understanding the Challenges

In environments where multiple applications are developed concurrently, dependencies between these applications can create significant testing challenges. Even minor updates to one application can have unforeseen impacts on others. Furthermore, maintaining a stable build for testing becomes increasingly difficult with continuous development.

Key Strategies for Effective Testing

1. Develop a “Mini Regression” Suite

Create a set of core functionality tests that cover all modules but focus only on critical areas. This approach helps ensure that key functionalities are not broken by recent changes without the need for exhaustive regression testing.

2. Implement a Code Freeze Period

Introduce a brief “code freeze” period before release, during which no new code can be merged into the test branch. This period allows you to perform final testing on a stable build. Communicate clearly with developers to ensure they understand the importance of this period.

3. Prioritize Communication with Developers

Encourage developers to proactively inform you of changes that might affect other applications. This allows you to focus your testing efforts where they are most needed.

4. Balance Automation and Manual Testing

Automation can be a double-edged sword. While it can save time, maintaining fragile automated tests can be more time-consuming than manual testing. Focus on automating repetitive and stable test cases, and rely on manual testing for areas that frequently change.

5. Protect Your Sanity

It’s important to manage stress and avoid burnout. Communicate your challenges with your manager and seek their support. Remember that missing some bugs is inevitable, and focus on continuous improvement rather than perfection.

Additional Resources

How Repeato Can Help

If you are looking for a solution to streamline your testing process, consider using Repeato, a no-code test automation tool for iOS and Android. Repeato is designed to help you create, run, and maintain automated tests quickly and efficiently. Its computer vision and AI-based approach make it particularly fast to edit and run tests, which can be a significant advantage in a fast-paced development environment.

Learn more about how Repeato can benefit your quality assurance efforts by visiting our Getting Started page.

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