Software development is a process that requires careful planning and execution to create genuine products. Quality assurance (QA) is integral to this process, ensuring the product is error-free and reliable. 

Through implementing quality assurance, the development team can spot and rectify any problems before the product goes live, diminishing the danger of issues after deployment.

Every project needs QA!

Quality assurance is essential in product development and must be performed by someone with knowledge and experience in the field.

If the end customers are testing the product's quality, it reflects poorly on the company's image, increases churn rates, and lowers retention rates. Every project needs QA, even if it is not included in the development invoice.

When to implement QA?

Only some stages of product creation are suitable for adding QA to the process. Choosing the right moment to implement QA is essential to avoid unnecessary expenses and effort. 

For instance, adding QA at the beginning of the development process does not make sense since many projects undergo significant changes during development and still need to become stable before adding it. 

We recommend implementing QA after the product is durable and when it becomes beneficial.

We help customers choose the best and most cost-effective ways to ensure project quality. We analyze the project's requirements and choose the optimal testing types and tools for each project's specifics. We also recommend not mindlessly following popular methodologies but consciously choosing only proper and optimal testing tools.

To help our partners decide on the amount of QA needed for their projects and keep from spending too much on unnecessary QA services, we offer the following:

Establishing the necessary level of QA

We recognize that each project has individual QA needs, so we closely collaborate with our partners to determine the necessary QA services. Understanding the project needs, business goals, and requirements gives us insight into how to provide the right level of QA testing that is useful, helpful, and, most importantly, profitable.

Choosing the right moment to implement QA

One of the most critical aspects of QA is timing. Choosing the right moment to implement QA testing can be challenging, but we're here to help. Our team of developers aim to identify the most suitable phase to introduce QA testing, ensuring that it is practical, valuable, and gainful. By doing so, we can help our partners avoid costly delays and ensure that their products are delivered on schedule.

Analysis of requirements and creation of test documentation

Our team creates the test documentation, including a test plan with test cases combined into test suites. This process helps ensure that the project is closely verified and all requirements on the list are checked. We work diligently to ensure our partners' products meet or exceed expectations.

Defining a list of testing types and tools

Every project is different, so we define a list of testing types and tools most suitable for our partners' designs. Our team will work closely with our partners to determine a comprehensive list of testing approaches and tools to ensure their products undergo proper testing.

Performing selected types of testing with the right tools

We perform selected types of testing with the right tools to ensure that our customers' projects are thoroughly tested. We also leverage our in-house testing tools and techniques to provide efficient and effective testing services, as the case may be, regarding the specifics of each project.

  • Manual Testing

Manual UI testing is optimal and sufficient in cases where an indefinitely large number of testing sessions is not planned. Manual testing involves a tester executing test cases and verifying that the software meets all the directives. 

Manual testing is often used to test the software's user interface (UI). Our team of experienced testers can perform manual testing to ensure your software runs smoothly.

  • Automated Testing

Automated testing is well-suited when the number of future testing sessions is determined to be prominent over an indefinitely long period. It uses software tools to execute test cases automatically and is often faster and more efficient than manual testing. 

We usually recommend e2e testing using Jest, Playwright, etc., and unit-testing, sometimes TDD, sometimes not. We also connect automated tests to the CI/CD pipeline to ensure the software is tested continuously throughout development.

  • Performance Testing

Performance testing ensures the software performs well under different conditions and loads. It refers to testing the software's response time, scalability, and stability under other loads and stress levels. We use various tools and approaches to execute performance testing and ensure that your product operates at high parameters.

  • Security Testing

Security testing is crucial to ensure the software is secure and protected against threats and attacks. Security testing involves identifying and testing potential vulnerabilities in the software and ensuring that it meets all the necessary security procedures. We use tools and approaches, such as penetration testing, vulnerability scanning, and risk assessment, to deliver solid and secure software.

  • Compatibility Testing

Compatibility testing ensures the software works well on various platforms, devices, and operating systems. It implies testing the software on multiple platforms and ensuring it meets all the necessary compatibility criteria. Our team tests your application on various platforms, including Windows, Linux, and OS X, to verify that it performs consistently regardless of platform.

  • Accessibility Testing

We also make sure that accessibility tests are performed so everyone can use the software, regardless of any disability they may have. Our developers analyze the software's usability and accessibility features, including font size, color contrast, keyboard navigation, screen readers, and other assistive technologies. 

They also check the software's compliance with accessibility standards such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

  • Usability Testing

Our developers perform usability testing to ensure the software's user interface and user experience meet all the requirements. By analyzing the software's design, layout, and navigation, they make sure that the software's functionality is intuitive and easy to use, even for users who are not tech-savvy.

  • Test Planning and Strategy Development

The test plan outlines the testing requirements and details of the test cases, their expected results, and the tools and environments required to execute them. Combining test cases into test suites allows us to test multiple scenarios simultaneously, saving time and ensuring thorough testing.

In addition to designing the test plan, we define a list of testing types and tools most suitable for your product. We analyze the software's technical requirements and architecture to determine the appropriate testing tools and methodologies. 

You are provided with regular updates on the testing progress. Our developers also constantly collaborate with your team to address any issues during the testing process.

The Most Popular Types of Testing

The most popular types of testing, which, from our experience, are helpful in practice and optimal in terms of the cost of organizing testing, include BDD and acceptance testing using Cucumber JS and performance/load testing.

BDD and acceptance testing using Cucumber JS and performance/load testing are the most popular types of testing that we offer. BDD and acceptance testing using Cucumber JS is a human-readable test description format that reduces the amount of test documentation and, consequently, the budget for QA as a bonus.

On the other hand, performance/load testing is critical in ensuring that software is stable and reliable under heavy usage. The methods and tools used for this testing vary based on the project's characteristics. Still, the objective is to detect bottlenecks and guarantee that the software can manage the predicted demand.

It should be noted that many tools are available for testing, and they can vary depending on the specific needs of each project. However, BDD and acceptance testing using Cucumber JS and performance/load testing are two types of testing that are highly effective in practice and optimal in cost.

Partnering with Devstark for reliable QA services ensures your product is thoroughly tested, meets the user's needs, and positively impacts your business operations.

Our experienced Quality Assurance team uses the most advanced techniques and tools to ensure our processes are efficient, cost-effective, and meet all product demands.