We apply these fundamentals in almost all aspects of our life and software testing is no exception. In software testing, we apply them to have a formalized test process in place – a process that will encompass all the quality assurance and control activities, carried out in a project to ensure the delivery of a quality product to end-users.
However, Plan, Design, Apply and Exit are not the only fundamentals. We need much more than these core fundamentals to improve existing test processes to continue to operate optimally. And what are those additional activities to help us get there? These include:
A Drive for Ongoing Improvement
Your test processes cannot be static. If they are static and haven’t changed in a while, they will soon become ineffective.
However vigorous a test process might be, you always need to keep a check on the test process itself and adapt to the changes in the project so that your test process is up-to-date and meets the demand of the project and software industry.
As a QA manager or QA lead, you should always be on the lookout for areas of improvement in your test process and customize them as needed to address your client and product needs. Processes might not be completely transferable from one client to another and from one project to another. So, keeping the core intact, the more you adapt to your current needs, the better would be your chances of succeeding using these processes.