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 changed the way in which they are related to projects, becoming a key role for the successful realization of any product.
Years ago, it was common for QAs to get involved in projects in the last stages of this, just to check in detail that there were no bugs or failures that prevented their proper functioning. Nowadays, this panorama has completely changed and it is that these profiles are now more participative and are integrated into the teams from the beginning, contributing with a strategic perspective when it comes to creating products without errors and quality.
Silvia Boscán, featured QA Analyst at Imagemaker, gives us 3 tips so that any colleague can excel in this role:
1. Understand the business:
In order 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. Take care of the details:
One of the things that really make a difference to stand out as a QA is being very observant, critical, having an overview and sharp vision of the development that is being presented. Not only testing the solution but also giving points of view and suggestions for improvement, always keeping in mind that the objective is to get the best possible product.
3. Be involve:
It is very difficult to be part of a project without having the desire 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 being constantly learning new technologies and keeping up to date with what is happening in the field, 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 ”.