World Quality Report Findings Revisited – QA and Testing Budgets Continue to Rise

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In the past years the budgets for quality assurance and testing are significantly increasing. This trend is driven by increasing awareness of the senior management caused by digital transformation processes in almost all industries. Through these digital transformation initiatives software quality has a significant and direct impact on business results, as an application failure often […]

In the past years the budgets for quality assurance and testing are significantly increasing. This trend is driven by increasing awareness of the senior management caused by digital transformation processes in almost all industries.

Through these digital transformation initiatives software quality has a significant and direct impact on business results, as an application failure often translates into a business process failure and stays therefore rarely unnoticed by the customers.
But not only quality drives the success of the digital business transformation. Another critical success factor nowadays is the time-to-market, as the second winner is normally the first loser when placing an innovation in today’s fast and volatile markets.
To ensure a fast delivery of high quality solutions in this environment it is essential to increase the operational efficiency of every task within the application lifecycle. As quality assurance and testing often is seen as a slowing down factor for the software development process, the rising budgets in this sector should be used in order to implement measures to speed up and better integrate quality assurance in the application lifecycle.
Here are some ideas to achieve this goal.

Avoid failures by integrating quality assurance in every activity of the application lifecycle.

Capgemini and Sogeti introduced with PointZERO® a full lifecycle approach to reduce and eliminate defects at the source, mitigate risks and decrease or avoid costs, increase productivity and speed up time to market without sacrificing quality.

PointZERO® achieves operational efficiency by integrating well-orchestrated quality assurance measures in the application lifecycle as early as possible and by avoiding the forwarding of failures using quality gates as a smart handover between the different involved parties.
On a strategic level PointZERO® helps increasing business success using a parallel and step-by-step improvement approach across the application lifecycle in order to improve the process quality.

Gain flexibility and transparency by using agile methods.

Agile methods in software development deliver solutions predictably and early. Through the tight involvement of the stakeholders in the development process there is always transparency and clarity about the status and adequacy of the system as well as the priority and content of the requirements.

As quality is within the responsibility of the whole team, quality assurance activities are highly integrated in the development process which normally leads to a higher quality level of the solution.

Optimize the support of your quality assurance processes through excellence in test process automation.

Well prepared test environments including convenient test data is crucial for the success of a test project. The use of test data management tools, cloud based technologies and service virtualization will help you to avoid unnecessary delays within your development projects.

These measures combined with sophisticated automation strategy for checks will help to concentrate on the main task within a test project – testing software. 
 
Sources:
World Quality Report 2014-15 – 6th Edition

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