Image CAPTCHA
Enter the characters shown in the image.

You are here

Steps to standardizing your QA model

2 posts / 0 new
Last post
Sanjay Zalavadia
Sanjay Zalavadia's picture
Steps to standardizing your QA model

Quality assurance roles have evolved alongside development practices to ensure that they are remaining competitive in the current landscape. Agile testing methodologies have taken over as a means to streamline operations and bake in quality from the very onset of a project. However, there are a number of agile subsets that can be adopted, and not all of them will be viable for every organization. Each team will approach QA in a way that makes sense for their business, their needs and their resources.

Since there's no one way to pursue QA, teams should work to standardize their own model within their company. Doing so will provide a roadmap of what is expected and what processes should be leveraged. Here are a few steps that must be taken to standardize your QA model and set up your team for success:

1. Establish policies and procedures

A major step to standardization is to create a clear set of policies and guidelines for teams to follow. Without this, teams can be left to their own sensibilities, resulting in pure chaos when it comes to completing tasks in a consistent fashion. First, you'll want to make standard terminology for labeling items. If every QA tester is using different names, it will be significantly harder to track progress or to collaborate on essential touch points.

However, with standardized naming conventions, items will be much easier to work on and find within the system. Business 2 Community contributor Jeanne Landau noted that setting these policies in conjunction with your standards will help form a cohesive front, and empower employees to do their work more effectively. Teams should be trained on these procedures to ensure everyone is on the same page and that expectations are clearly stated. Standardizing terminology along with a quality test case tool will help establish one version of the truth and make it easier for individuals to collaborate.

2. Use the maturity model

If you want to assess where your QA model is now compared to where you want to be, you can leverage the capability maturity model to identify what category your team currently falls into. According to Software Testing Help, from least to most mature, the CMM levels include ad-hoc, control, core competency, predictable and innovative. The lower levels have processes that are often inconsistent and unplanned, which goes against the very nature of standardization. The higher levels look to create generalized strategies and measure the effectiveness of these efforts while driving continuous improvements. This will help plan for the future and give you team the tools to succeed.

"Based on this quantitative analysis, processes can be adjusted if needed, and that to without degrading the quality of the end product," Software Testing Help stated. "Analysis is done by dividing complete process into smaller sub-processes and then quantitative techniques are applied on these sub-processes and as per the result, sub-processes are adjusted if needed. This level is called predictable as based on prior experience; we can predict the process quantitatively and make use of that for the upcoming processes."

3. Reap rewards

By standardizing your QA model, your team can yield a number of benefits that will help boost capabilities and complete tasks more effectively. Without standardization, members would likely be running around trying to use their own methods to address problems, but this likely wouldn't work out well. As Lean Testing noted, standardizing the QA model provides a framework to guide testers, ensuring that they have more time to focus on actual testing activities rather than being concerned with the processes themselves.

Guidelines ensure that members know exactly what to do when they enter a situation and don't have to research for a way to work around it. Instead, they can take action immediately and resume concentrating on tasks that must be completed. The model also can help new testers get up to speed on what approaches are being leveraged and can make training much easier.

There's no one correct way to approach QA, but you should standardize your QA model for your team. By establishing a set of policies and gauging your agile maturity, you can work toward standardization and reap the rewards that come with this initiative.

Ron Fowler
Ron Fowler's picture
Re:Steps to standardizing your QA model

As part of the QA model would it be safe to say that one of the first tasks would be to assess the testing initiative at hand, then determine the appropriate methodology to follow?  Waterfall, XP, Kanban, scrum and so on...

Log in or register to post comments

MANUFACTURERS Wallboard

Testing tool manufacturers world-wide list
10Levels ABID CONSULTING AccelQ Accord Software ActiMind AdaCore
AdaLog AgileLoad AgileWay Agitar Algorismi ALL4TEC
Android Apache Apica Apollo Systems AppAssist.mobi Applitools
AppPerfect Appsee ApTest Assertible Assure Atlassian
AutoIt Consulti .. Automation Anyw .. Automation Cons .. Aztaz Software Backtrace I/O Badboy
BlazeMeter Borvid BrowserStack BSQUARE BStriker Intern .. CA Technologies
Canonical Canoo Catch Limited CelestialTeapot Celtic Testing .. Chris Mallett
Cleanscape ClicTest CloudQA CodeCentrix CodePlex projec .. Codoid
Cogitek Compuware Configure IT Conflair ConSol Core Services
Countersoft CresTech Softwa .. Cross Browser T .. Crosscheck Netw .. Crowdsourced Te .. Cucumber Ltd
Cyara Cygnet Infotech DareBoost Databene Datamatics Glob .. DevExpress
DTM soft Dynatrace LLC EasyQA Eclipse EKA TechServ Elvior
Emmanuel Jorge Empirix EPAM Systems Equafy Esterel Technol .. eXept Software ..
Experitest Finaris Froglogic FrontEndART Ltd GeneXus GitHub project
gnoso Google Code Pro .. GrammaTech Gurock Software Hewlett Packard .. Hexawise
High-Tech Bridg .. Hiptest Hitex IBM Rational imbus Shanghai Impetus
Inflectra informUp INTALIO InTENSO - IT Ex .. Ipswitch Jamo Solutions
Janova JAR Technologie .. JBoss Developer jClarity Jellly.io JetBrains
Jively jQuery foundati .. JS Foundation Jspresso Kanoah Software KMS Technology
Kualitee LDRA Limited Litmus LoadFocus Loadster Perfor .. MarathonITE
Marketcircle Marketcircle Maveryx Meliora Ltd Micro Focus Sof .. Microsoft
Mobile Labs Mobile1st Mockaroo, LLC ModalLogic IT Monkop Mozila
MSys Technologi .. Navicat NeoTys NetCart NORIZZK.COM Novosync Mobili ..
NRG Global NTT Resonant OC Systems Odin Technology OpCord Oracle
Orcanos Original Softwa .. Ossia Conseil OW2 PANAYA Parasoft
PassMark Patterson Consu .. Perfecto Mobile Pivotal, Inc. Plutora Postman (API To ..
PractiTest PrimaTest Process One Programming Res .. Psoda PureLoad
PushToTest Python Q-Assurance QA Systems QACube QASymphony
QAWorks QMetry Quali Qualitia Softwa .. Quality First S .. Quotium
RadView Softwar .. Ranorex RedLine13 Reflective Solu .. ReQtest RevDeBug
Robotium Tech Rogue Wave Soft .. Rommana Softwar .. RTTS ruby-doc.org Runscope
Sandklef GNU La .. Sauce Labs Seapine Softwar .. SeleniumHQ Sencha Sensiple
Siemens PLM Sof .. SmartBear Softw .. SmarteSoft SOASTA SoftLogica Softomotive
Softsmith Solution-Soft SonarSource Sourceforge SqashTeam SQS Software Qu ..
Square Stimulus Techno .. Swifting AB Synopsys T-komp T-Plan
TechExcel TechTalk Telerik By Prog .. Tellurium Test Collab Test Goat
Test Recon TestCaseLab testCloud.de Gm .. Testenium Testim.io Testing Technol ..
TestingBot TestLodge Testmunk TestObject GmbH Testomato TestOptimal
TestPlant TestPro Testuff The Core Bankin .. The MathWorks The Open Group
thePHP.cc Thoughtbot Thoughtworks Tigris.org Time Simulator Top-Q
Trace Technolog .. TrendIC TRICENTIS Tritusa Pty Ltd TWD Solutions P .. TypeMock
Tyto Software Ubertesters UniTESK Universal Test .. Usetrace Ltd Utrecht Univers ..
Validata Group Vanamco AG Vector Software Veracode Verifaya Corpor .. Verit
VersionOne Viewlike.us Vornex Inc. Watir.com WcfStorm Soluti .. We Are Mammoth
Web Performance .. Wintask Wireshark Found .. Worksoft Xceptance XebiaLabs
XK72 Xpand IT XQual ZAPTEST Zeenyx Software .. Zephyr
Zeta Software zutubi pty

Theme by Danetsoft and Danang Probo Sayekti