What Is QAOps? And Why It Matters For Your Web Application?

Introduction to QAOps Framework

Definition of QAOps

  • The main idea of introducing the QAOps framework is to integrate the continuous testing in DevOps with the Continuous Integration (CI)/Continuous Deployment(CD) pipeline rather than performing software testing at indefinite intervals.
  • QAOps framework increases the collaboration between the QA engineers and developers. Therefore, QA engineers must work closely with software developers, operations personnel and everyone involved in the CI/CD pipeline.

Basic Practices For QAOps Frameworks

1. Automated Testing

2. Parallel Testing

3. Test Scalability

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Integrating Dev & Ops with QA

Life Cycle Of QAOps Framework

1. Trigger

2. Execute

3. Reporting

Where can QAOps be used?

Functional Exploratory Testing

  • It is more an ad-hoc kind of testing approach with the intention of finding bugs in the web application.
  • Cognitive thinking from the tester when compared to scripted code.
  • The next steps of action are decided based on what is currently performed by the user.
  • Helps the tester to drill down to the smallest areas of the application and cover different edge cases.

Regression Testing

Geolocation Testing

How QAOps can be used within an organization?

QAOps Framework — Different School of Thoughts??

Can QAOps Be Referred As Continuous Testing in DevOps?

  • A Continuous Integration environment (with both CI/CD) should be configured in order for the developers and testers to perform the tests on the code.
  • Dev teams MUST perform continuous testing by testing every new functionality that is built in the application. They must test the application for its functionality, performance, ease of use of the interface. One of the best tools for this purpose is Selenium. They must build aggressive test cases to ensure every edge case scenario for the functionality that is built. It is the developer who is the best person to know the entire functionality in detail since he built it.
  • In parallel, QA teams must also start testing the new functionality to stay on course with the development pipeline.
  • After the testing is completed by the QA team and sign off is given, the IT Operations team must perform a deployment of the web application and provide sign off. Only after the signoff, the release process should begin.
  • Similarly, post the release activities, the IT Operations team should keep an eye on the web application to make sure everything is working as expected. They must monitor every aspect of the application to ensure efficiency.

Best Practices

  • The Continuous Testing process should be integrated into the software development lifecycle. This helps businesses to reduce the risks and ensure faster product release and time to market.
  • All the teams in the organization (dev, IT operations, QA) should be part of the entire release cycle. They must ensure to collaborate and communicate effectively during the entire course of the release.
  • CI/CD should be done on a regular basis, preferably daily basis. Everyone’s work must be merged into the release pipeline. This helps in identifying the defects at the early stages and rectifying them before it’s too late.
  • Quality teams should be a part of the release planning, requirements gathering process. It will be more effective if the quality teams work alongside the development teams to provide vital inputs during development.
  • Every team’s metrics should be defined and measured at defined intervals during the release process.
  • QA test engineers should make use of automation tools and scripts to automate as much of the testing possible. Deep regression testing should be performed on the existing features when new functionality is developed to make sure existing features are not broken.
  • Developers must start thinking as testers, and testers must do the vice versa, (i.e.) fix the code. This makes everyone in the organization takes responsibility for the overall quality of the product.

Wrapping Up

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Praveen Mishra

Praveen Mishra

I am a Computer Science Engineer by degree, and a Digital Marketer by heart who works at LambdaTest. A social media maven!!