The process of developing a new product includes complex steps involving several teams with differing expertise. Beginning with design and leading up to product release, the path is dependent on vast data being shared diligently to ensure maximized development opportunities.
Analysis is essential at every stage of product development, which involves everything from the product's capacity to trial performance, ensuring that companies can explore possibilities before releasing the final product on the open market. It can be a trying process, too, with tight deadlines and budget constraints, meaning that development is often performed with one hand tied behind the back.
One of the most significant trends in today's development is simplifying and streamlining all the processes. The introduction of TestOps, as a complementary approach to testing, contributes to faster and more quality product development.
What is TestOps?
The concept of TestOps can be broadly defined as a process of using a combination of engineering artifacts, test artifacts, and field artifacts and applying the process of software analytics to improve the V&V strategy.
It is crucial to understand DevOps before understanding TestOps. DevOps (Development Operations) originated as a software development methodology that promoted close interaction between developers and IT professionals (e.g., system and network administrators) to reduce development time and improve quality. Today, DevOps has become a role in most organizations. The need to have a team member who can provide a complete development and operation cycle is considered a necessity.
With DevOps teams helping accelerate release velocity, it is a general complaint that QA (Quality Assurance) and testing time are high and considered a bottleneck in quickly delivering releases. So naturally, the time taken by QA is due to checks and gates that are part of the QA process. Now, having a "TestOps" team can help other teams (particularly DevOps) in the release process since they can create a seamlessly deployed testing environment alongside DevOps build and deployment infrastructure.
With TestOps, product teams can upgrade the traditional testing systems using necessary tools and improve the product's reliability and quality. TestOps is also known as one of the advanced methods to reduce test-cycle by up to 30%.
What benefits do TestOps bring into the Product Engineering process?
Reliability: The performance and reliability improve due to the early detection of errors in the production cycle, which also controls the rejections through chaos engineering.
Automation: TestOps helps remove bugs at the primitive stage, making rectification possible and uniform product development progress. It bridges the gap between testing, its schedule, whether and when testing is necessary. Moreover, developers can run a few tests while writing new codes and fixing bugs. Therefore, they don't have to wait for acceptance or regression testing.
Customer Experience: There's no denying that the CX quotient is ruling and that we need to work on this aspect. Managing Higher Customer satisfaction is difficult, but TestOps makes it possible. Everything that is assumed or received as feedback converts it to a testing scenario to drastically improve the testing approach. The testing data helps understand the customer, and the same data analyzed is the foundation for creating new and improved applications and streamlined functioning.
Better Collaboration: Teams can manage internal and external customers as per the requirement of the feature testing. Along with automated testing, wherever required, manual position intervention for better control. They can intervene in necessary changes in the processor in the stage of testing for improvement. Early testing reduces efforts, hassles of rework, and creates a pleasant work environment.
Security: With the role of testers not confined to testing products and features, the fair analysis of requirements and the approach changes. The applications become more secure during the development and testing. Automation reduces the risk of irregularly moving data and eliminates human errors while testing processes. It maintains quality throughout the development cycle. From the initial stages, the testers will have better controls for tighter security over applications.
TestOps provides a unique aspect for automated testing and challenges as compared to testing standard application software. It works with the Dev team to set up automated build and deploy processes. It creates cloud or virtual technology to set up a testing environment on demand and new test environments for automated environment provisioning. It plays a vital role in integrating automated testing with the Dev team for continuous integration.
An integrated approach to testing and development activities is the need of the hour that helps organizations realize the full compelling benefits of agile product development. SpadeWorx provides product engineering testing services that help you eliminate business risks with the acceleration of automated testing programs.
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