08 April 2018

How to introduce a QA Engineer into a project

 
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Regardless the size of your technical team, it should not lack a QA Engineer. In a few paragraphs, we would like to encapsulate the most important elements of introducing such a tester.

While many blog posts list several pages of the technical aspects of such an introduction, the introduction of a QA Engineer into a project does not need to be complicated because a thoroughly precise process and access to tools are often more important than the technical aspects of a specialist’s work.

Here is what you need to know if you wish to work with the QA Engineer effectively:

1. The following people are in charge of product quality: the Developers, Project Manager or Product Owner, investors and, of course, the QA Engineer and it is equally and vitally important for the product quality to be influenced by everyone. The work environment must support testers in their duties so in other words, a QA Engineer does not work in a vacuum.

2. At the beginning of a project and following the establishment of an MVP, it is important to at least estimate several important quality indicators in regard to the QA Engineer job. It must be determined which of the product’s functionalities are crucial and have priority from the product development perspective.

3. After their introduction to an existing project by thoroughly familiarising themselves with the project, software testers should present a quality audit of their findings. This introduction of a QA Engineer provides the other team members and stakeholders with a diagnosis of the quality of the development situation as well as to locate bugs and make suggestions on the most important initial alterations to the product.

4. The situation diagnosis refers not only to the analysis of the technical aspects of a project but also to understanding the problems facing the developers in writing high-quality code. The work of a QA Engineer is not just about finding bugs but it is more importantly about maximizing team interactions to have the most positive impact on the product quality. Often, it is the Product Owner and the Scrum Master who have a very well-developed relationship with the QA Engineer, who is the first to notice impediments in the process.

5. Documentation is an important part of the entire process, so it must be checked and thoroughly vetted for completeness, clarity and verifiability. If there is no documentation, it must be implemented and successively supplemented. Meticulously kept documentation must explain all of the operations of the functionalities to the developers as well as to third parties, often forming the basis for scenario automation. We highly recommend confluence and teamwork for all documentation creation.

6. A QA Engineer’s ongoing work with the developers on a product prevents various negative issues from accumulating, as the engineer’s toolkit most commonly includes integration testing, performance testing, cross-platform testing and, naturally, regression testing.

7. A QA Engineer’s work must be standardised in the same manner as the work of other team members. In other words, we suggest monitoring the QA Engineer’s entire activity by recording it with project management platforms. These include such tools such as: Jira, GitHub, TestRail, Bitbucket and Unfuddle and a bug tracking system is also essential in the estimation and transparency of the developers’ work.

8. We also recommend working using the Scrum or Kanban methods which allow strong process practices, such as continuous integration, to slowly form throughout the team’s self-organization. Planning, Daily Status and other elements of the Agile work methodology will hone your team’s skills with every Sprint.

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If you are looking for more tips and good practices or if work on your product requires more in-depth changes precisely in terms of quality or documentation implementation, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to share our experiences.

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