Faster, Better, Cheaper – that’s what every organization requires. Everything is about the improving quality management of software that can be only done by outlandish design and less error. “Errors” which is widely known as Software Bugs – are the incorrect small piece of code that results into the entire failure of the software. If your software is not working properly, the sole thing that the software tester do is check bugs in your code. Fixing the software bugs at early stage of Software Development Lifecycle saves much of the time.
The majority of the software project results into steady degradation due to the design quality and some unsolvable bugs – and hence it becomes much difficult to maintain the same level of quality. The quality management had a dynamic impact on industrial sector and has finally reached to software industry. Someone has rightly said “Quality cannot be sprinkled onto an application before it gets exposed to your clients. It must be the entire part of SDLC right from inception to implementation”.
How to improve quality in Software Application Development
Practice 1: Define quality that matches your business requirements
One of the biggest challenge in software application development is, ensuring that what you are defining, does fulfil your requirement or not. Implementing the most simple to the most complex product that matches the requirements needs a well-defined process. The organization must own, control and properly maintain competencies as state of the art and should know how to tailor them to the characteristic of specific projects and business units. By defining the quality, the testing team can fulfil the business requirements as well get the better feedback. This is only possible because the software team is given certain amount of time frame and budget to complete their task.
Practice 2: Organizing better quality circles
Quality circles are the group of people who are encouraged to access processes and recommend improvements all with the goal of promoting quality, efficiency and productivity. Organizing employees in a quality circles is an effective way to identify and address problems. This have emerged as a mechanism to develop and utilize tremendous potential of the people for improvement in product quality and productivity. The operation of quality circles includes several steps such as:
- Problem identification
- Problem analysis
- Problem selection
- Generate alternative solution
- Select the most appropriate solution
- Prepare the action plan
- Implementation of solution
Practice 3: Test at the right time
Early software testing can be a game changer. By finding the bug earlier you will be able to detect and defect and solve early rather than solving them at the end. The later software bug are detected leads to the more expensive one and take much long time to resolve. Write test cases on such individual unit modules and break these modules into smaller parts to ensure the maximum test coverage. Get the senior testers involved during the design phase to formulate the more effective test framework. More than 70 percent of software issues can be traced back to poor requirements.
Practice 4: Broadcast simple quality practices
With highly visible metrics, quality becomes the highest priority and hence reduces the defects. If you have no metrics at all, you likely don’t have much process and almost zero to less chance to improve as you are not aware, which changes can be effective or hinder the effectiveness of the quality of software. Try to measure yourself against your competitors so that you can point, where you have greatest opportunity for improvement and therefore where to put more efforts in your SDLC process. Highly visible metrics keep quality top of mind for the entire team and expose when efforts fall short.
Practice 5: Automate the use of testing tools
By automating the testing tools, testing team as well as development team can focus on the test of the highest priority. Automated testing tools can handle the repetitive and time consuming test that every software goes through. Software directory can be upgraded with every new test and every new bug discovery. Hence it drastically reduces the margin of error in the testing scenario by going pre-recorded instructions. And ofcourse, you need to have the expertise to know how to get the value of the tool and create a sustainable benefit.