Albert Einstein once said – We cannot solve our problems by applying the same level of thinking that we used when we created them.
Though this line was said in a different context, this applies to software development as well. Unlike the past where one level of thinking (software engineering) prevailed, the present era has something completely different to work with. That’s why you will find a rapid collaborative development environment in the DevOps world where test team will have close integration and collaboration with the developers, management, QAs and IT-infra professionals. Working with such a diverse, multi-faceted group, testers can help reduce lead time, improve time to market, boost deployment frequency and deliver stable new features more successfully.
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No wonder that in the DevOps world, which has its focus firmly fixed oncontinuous delivery, testers have a key role to play as detailed below.
# Continuous Integration, Deployment and Delivery
Just think, how useless and meaningless continuous integration and delivery would be if you don’t have a continuous testing process to back them up. It could be bug infested or have serious functionality issues, which would make the entire process moot as you’ll have to go back to the drawing board and think afresh to tide over these problems/issues. With a group of competent testers in place, you can steer clear of such problems as you will be rest assured of being able to release the codes quickly and deliver software in a timely manner.
In the continuous integration and delivery process required in the DevOps world, the IT infra plays along with Dev and QA team. In this culture, the development team addresses the Infra issues successfully while coding and the testing team develops right scenarios along with IT infra team to validate required environment.
# Work begins right from Day-1
In the DevOps world, the testers association starts from day one and runs throughout the project life-cycle. Though some may say that the V-model has a similar structure, it’s important to remember that the Development and Testing Teams work as independent units there, which run as parallel activities. In contrast, testers are an integral part of the Dev Team in the DevOps world. The integrated teams have to clear the doubts, finalize requirements and arrive aright strategy and execution plan by having brainstorming sessions.
# Test Automation
Progressive test automation is one of the key requirements for continuous delivery. This can happen only if the Development and Testing Teams work in tandem and have an in-depth understanding of the codes – both at the high and low level design of the code.
# UX design
In the market, there are software that are good enough and then there are those that are really great. Wondering what makes the difference? Well, it’s the courage to think out-of-the-box and sometimes, even seemingly weird solutions, based on the needs of the target clientele, develop them and put them to test. After all, it’s the finer points of the user experience (UX) design. In the past, this was a time consuming task that was handled by a group of specialists. But now, you can take it as a team sport, where everyone participates and brainstorms, from developers and IT professionals to testers and the management, thus challenging what were thought to be good design rules and architecture as all this rule breaking is supported by a culture of learning and experimentation in the DevOps world. This is precisely what makes all the difference! Testers have a big role to play in usability testing as they have to find the right scenarios to test the UX. After all, it’s often a glitch in the code or design that inhibits a user from completing a desired action and it’s the testers who can fix these by addressing the functional gaps, bugs and other issues, if any.
# Ease of process, Transparency and Accountability
Compared to a few big changes, frequent and small changes made along with continuous delivery are much easier to manage. With testers in the DevOps world, you can get exactly that. Again, with continuous delivery and a diverse team at work, where everyone is familiar with the release date throughout the entire deployment pipeline, you enjoy transparency as you get a completely audit able process. This in turn helps improve your end product’s quality.
With a competent testing team in place, you can ensure that every change gets monitored as it makes its way from development to production. Since the results are out there for anyone to see, you will make lives easier, especially when it comes to satisfying regulatory and compliance committees. All of this is attributed to a continuous delivery process, which helps you to make sure that all your records are complete.
The DevOps world has managed to eliminate the boundaries between operations and development and interestingly, testers have a big role to play if the domain is to get robust and all embracing.
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