QA Implementation: Ideal QA Process For Startups

Never has starting-up a new IT firm & startups has been such a challenge for entrepreneurs and developers in the face of an ever-expanding market constantly thirsty for new apps, web sites, and software.  Surely, millions of them have begun similarly: a few bright heads unite and brainstorm the “most awesome idea of the universe” and dedicate themselves to its realization. 

But in the end, some teams are aware of the best QA Process Implementation strategies, i.e. know where to find them, know which QA testing experts to trust, and, others just haven’t figured it out yet, potentially dooming them to failure. 

With millions of downloads, current app updates, and upgrades everyday, the development and QA testing landscapes continue to offer little room for error in launching a successful startup.

A quick look at the graph charting the top 20 reason startups fail, the majority of the reasons hinge on subpar product quality. Whether its just a badly produced app, or one that has lost its timing or has failed to negotiate cost issues, they all clearly suffered from poor QA Process Implementation.

Many of these myriad of failures can directly be attributed to poor QA Process Implementation and it is our goal in this article to elucidate some of the best strategic QA implementation procedures to ensure your startup doesn’t fail for any reason.

It is so clear that IT startups that learn to adopt these crucial and mission-critical QA Process Implementation strategies can learn invaluable lessons on how they need to develop their ideas more and more reliably and in relatively shorter times. 

With a clear QA Process Implementation, these startups make quality their number 1 priority. The number one lesson is the market is brutal to apps that lack quality. Whether its from:

  • A defective product rife with bugs, lags or crashes 
  • An app that fails to keep the promises it makes 
  • An app that fails to build trust and confidence among its users, 

IT startup firms that fail to plan adequately, that fail to incorporate trusted QA Process Implementation philosophies from their very first day of development, are those that face severe obstacles later in their launching. 

However, startups that stay abreast of the latest QA Process Implementation strategies, startups that embrace the importance of QA testing, not just as a simple ending phase in development as it is often considered, but that prioritize quality in every aspect of their organization.

Over time, startups that prioritize QA Process Implementation will see more significant and higher rates of success, including at an organizational adoption that at every stage of development must be rigorously tested and retested to minimize any and all risks.

Test Implementation Outsourcing On Your DevOps Team 

If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail!, an American philosopher and statesman once said. More and more, IT startups are acknowledging the growing importance of QA Process Implementation strategies to the overall success of the new enterprise. 

We at Apphawks can add: If you fail to plan for QA Process Implementation, then you DO plan to fail. 

From the very first day of inception, IT startup founders and CEOs should hire QA engineers who actually serve as managers, specializing in deploying the latest, greatest and most sophisticated QA Process Implementation strategies before even the first line of code has been written.

For these QA Process Implementation managers, it is a joke to work hard on an app and only worry about the QA at the end stages of a project. What they specialize in is bringing a QA culture into an organization so that everything it does is in line and is in compliance with its quality-first philosophy and mandate. 

And that translates into engineering new and employing already existing Agile and SAFe frameworks all along with every phase of the DevOps pipeline.

Ideal QA Process: Continuous Integration With More Automated Testing

The ideal QA Implementation process can take a variety of sizes and shapes and forms depending on all the variables considered but for sure they must be perfectly sized, not too large, not too small. 

More importantly, frameworks must be lightweight, flexible, and easily adaptable with an eye always in the sky to easily scalable growth and smooth evolutions in a product's unique lifecycle.

Increasingly, a solid QA Process Implementation strategy must be cross-functional, not highly specialized in one area only, but it must weigh the pros and cons of various levels of functionality. 

These QA testing suites are created not only to gauge performance but they also must measure end-user behaviors and must be compatible horizontally and vertically at every stage of development. And this integration must be continuous, never subsiding, never pausing, but always progressing.

A reputable firm named Cybage identifies the following overlapping and mutually supporting plans in graphic form as follows: 

More and more firms are gravitating toward and incorporating Test-Driven Development into their development pipelines, designing and employing it over various frameworks. Firms are utilizing frameworks such as SAFe which recommend test and code both being engineered as closely as possible. 

As with Pair Programming, having developers and QA testers work hand in hand with each other, to offer both their different and unique perspectives to any task as well as to challenge each other to ensure the highest levels of quality. 

With QA Process Implementation experts working in tandem with their programmer counterparts both help orchestrate that the goal of achieving the highest quality for their app or software remains unchanged throughout the process.

Once the initial QA Process Implementation has begun, the important work of automating and integrating those QA testing procedures goes part and parcel with the further development and enhancing of an app’s functionalities and scalability.

What does seamless integration look and feel like? 

We at Apphawks, in designing our numerous QA Process Implementation strategies, rely solely on essential tools and frameworks already helping countless of our client’s workflows. And of course, being automation specialists, we guarantee if it can be automated, it will be automated, fool-proof, the first time around.

QA Process Improvements For Non-Agile Startups 

In the ideal QA Implementation Process, QA Testers who embrace Agile practices are not bogged down in running redundant or less than efficient tests. 

QA teams have the liberty at any stage in development to drop everything and manually review any changes to the code, from minor to major, at their own pace. These exploratory tests make sure the input and judgments of QA Process designers are heeded by the whole DevOps team. 

These Exploratory Tests paired with Regression Testing strategies, all help in the very important risk mitigation of unexpected problems when making changes, big or small, to single lines of code or larger components but any changes to the overall QA Test Implementation strategy.

We here at Apphawks highly recommend IT startups to not only embrace but to embody this flexible and adaptable approach to their QA Process Implementation. 

But in addition to Exploratory and Regression Testing, increasingly apps are expected to perform optimally for all the devices they are used on. A few seconds lag in opening or uploading a photo or submitting a payment method just gives the appearance that there is something wrong with the app.

Obviously, the startup that produced such an app in such a way has failed to use a QA Implementation Process which could have foreseen and addressed such lackluster performance.

QA Process As A Feedback Loops

From the micro to the macro-level, QA process implementation requires experienced QA teams to establish as robust testing execution environments. 

These environments, like the graphic below, illustrates utilize several feedback loops, in fact, loops within loops, that marry the design and implementation of code with the testing and maintenance of a state of constant continuous testing in an attempt to automate the process as much as possible, keeping in mind the growth in size and complexity later on in the process.

QA Process Implementation

We at Apphawks love the simplicity of this QA Process implementation infographic.  

Please note all of the overlapping responsibilities: Implementation duties must overlap with Testing. Testing eventually must overlap with Maintenance as the QA testing system becomes more automated.

Also please note that a metrics system is established along the way that acts as an umbrella protecting the whole system, as all of its metrics data is there to inform every part of the process.

From every stage in the bug defect life cycle on its way to becoming “resolved,” QA Process Implementation looks to reduce that resolution time to almost nothing by already having designed and tested whole sections of code and already have determined them to be bug free and a system established like this ensures it will continue that way always. 

As discussed above, it is the adoption of several automated testing services, already currently available, as well as new ones that can be designed by a team such as Apphawks, which can help identify possible breaches in the most important functionalities.

Testing Tools For Startups

There are scores of testing tools for startups wanting to begin or augment their already existing QA Process Implementation plan. 

Here at Apphawks, we employ the three leading platforms: 

Jira: Formerly Bugzilla, Jira is commercial proprietary software that allows for agile project management as well as bug tracking but also is an invaluable tool for any issue tracking and task assigning in any project.  But it is loved by QA Process Implementation teams as it allows for Scrum, Kanban, and other hybrid models with over 15 years of development and updates. 

TestRail: TestRail by Gurock Software is the leading QA Process test case management tool. Users can manage a myriad of test cases, plans, and runs while at the same time can monitor real-time analytics. Integrated with an issue tracking software such as Jira, TestRail plugs into DevOp environments seamlessly and is a powerful collaborative tool as well.

Cypress: Designed to run tests in a browser, QA Process Implementation teams employ the Cypress Test Runner as it begins to automate certain tests because it works with JavaScript frameworks exceptionally well. Built on a solid foundation that emphasizes automating tests and continuously integrating those results in further tests, Cypress is the go-to tool for many QA testers who need specific parameterized and automated testing.

Conclusion: Let Apphawks set up your QA department & design your next QA flow

QA Process Implementation is the wave of app development future and we here at Apphawks have been helping our clients establish proper QA processes for years. We would like to do the same for your next project.

By integrating seamlessly our Agile QA processes, complete with all of its frameworks and our custom set of industry-approved tools, we will merge our knowledge and experience into the development of your next app or software.

With Apphawks’ prioritization of QA Process Implementation, your firm can’t go wrong as this methodology is really the most sure-fire way that your app development can happen as smoothly and as issue-free as possible. 

We aim to set up such a QA flow that will always ensure your project is released and updated on time, that performs perfectly and securely, and that will undoubtedly save your firm countless hours and costs down the DevOps pipeline, hassle-free and defect-free.

These days, startup firms don’t have any time to waste setting up their QA Process Implementation strategies and with our experienced QA engineers at Apphawks, together we can build the best-integrated development and QA testing strategy to make sure your app or software hits the market in the most timely manner, perfectly performs, and, as the app evolves, to make sure it stays that way: safe, reliable and dedicated to keeping its users satisfied by offering the highest quality. 

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Grzegorz Kłos
Grzegorz Kłos - Apphawks Co-founder
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