You have to put a test engineer at the center of your software project. The testing quality defines a project's success and usability and also ensures a high appreciation of your app by a user. Otherwise, you risk both losing money and your user loyalty. Top-tier testers take a vested interest in your product's quality
, which is the paramount goal of a testing process. But just the absence of bugs alone is not enough for your software solution or product's success. A good QA ensures that the project's final results meet user expectations
and also provides a set of functionalities that resolve real-life user pains. Making what has been planned initially to comply with the final results falls within the scope of a tester's task.
Developing the right way from the start is always better than having to redo everything over and over again later. And the earlier a QA specialist identifies shortcomings in the requirements, there will be a reduced amount of unnecessary modifications and changes that you will have to make.
So a testing specialist delves into reviewing the functional requirements
for a project hand-in-hand with business analytics.
Project requirements change as your development team goes along the project flow and based on user feedback, market and competitor research. A QA specialist is the right person to search for and find possible gaps and inconsistencies that require special attention. Experienced testers are the first to notice what development processes go smoothly and which ones require the software engineer's close attention and improvement.
A great QA can get a gut feeling that something is going wrong with a project
. For instance, a specialist can detect a broken testing logic or a skipped verification stage and he/she will bring that to the attention of a PM. Then the ball will be on the PM's side, and that specialist will decide on what steps to improve the development process and more engineers may have to get on board if necessary. Experienced QAs focus on continuous communication
with software engineers and project managers. Thus, by communicating closely with testers, PMs can help testing specialists become better at what they do and overcome the pesticide paradox
, a phenomenon occurring when the amount of testing increases and the software becomes resistant to tests. A competent QA engineer keeps records consistently
. Thus, mere statistics on creating Jira tickets for a specific functionality or for developers may ease tracing the development progress and detecting weak points. It will then be easier to fix issues and find ways to stabilize processes, improve a project workflow, and more.