In the field of software development there is a great myth that says that Quality Assurance (QA) hinders the work of developers, however, over time these profiles have not only shown the opposite, but have also changed the way in that they are related to the projects, becoming a key role for the successful realization of any product.
Years ago, it was common for QA to get involved in projects in the last stages of it, just to check in detail that there were no bugs or failures that prevented its proper functioning. At present, this panorama has changed completely and it is that these profiles are now more participatory and are integrated into the teams from the beginning, contributing with a strategic perspective when creating error-free and quality products.
Silvia Boscán, prominent Imagemaker QA Analyst, gives us 3 tips so that any colleague can stand out in this role:
1. Understand the business:
To be able to evaluate the results of a product, it is necessary to have the ability to understand the business broadly. With this in mind, it is key to get involved from the beginning in all possible aspects.
2. Be detailed:
One of the things that really makes the difference to stand out as a QA is to be very observant, critical, to have a general and acute vision of the development that is being presented. Not only test the solution, but also give points of view and suggestions for improvement, always keeping in mind that the objective is to produce the best possible product.
3. Be active:
It is very difficult to be part of a project without wanting to participate from the beginning. It is key that from day one we can understand and know what is being evaluated. Joining the team and knowing each role well are great advantages because working together is important when developing any solution.
For Silvia, “Apart from constantly learning new technologies and keeping up with what is happening in the industry, it is key to be communicative. Although the role of QA is very technical, more and more human skills are needed to carry out a successful process and product”.