Is your product release consistently delayed because of unexpected urgent issues? Do you find that solving one problem leads to two more popping up, and it feels like there's no end in sight? Plus, those pesky old bugs keep resurfacing time and again? If so, you might just be facing a quality assurance problem, one of the most common challenges in development. 

And the reasons behind it can vary from poor testing and DevOps to low-quality code. 

Let's talk about it in more detail.

Low-quality Quality Assurance 

Poor testing can trigger a chain reaction of bugs. In our experience, the main issues with testing often stem from a lack of documentation, test cases, and automated testing.

Lack of documentation

Documentation acts as a roadmap for the entire development team, including testers, by outlining precisely how the system should function. It covers critical details such as requirements, testing procedures, security measures, and maintenance guidelines.

Without proper documentation, defining and achieving quality becomes challenging. Each team member may have a different interpretation of what constitutes quality and how it should manifest in the project. Thus, comprehensive documentation is essential and should be continuously updated as development progresses.

Lack of test cases

Not having or having incomplete test cases can result in crucial testing scenarios being overlooked, leading to bugs in the final release. Regularly updating and expanding test cases is key to enhancing testing quality and preventing future issues.

Test cases outline how a product should be tested, providing step-by-step instructions for testers to follow to achieve specific outcomes. When test cases cover the entire system's functionality, thorough testing ensures that everything operates correctly.

In addition, documenting test cases enables systematic testing, ensuring nothing is missed in subsequent tests. Testers follow a consistent plan that covers the entire system's operations.

Specialized software allows for the documentation, updating, and expansion of test cases. With a comprehensive database of test cases, test runs can be conducted, guiding testers through the cases in the correct order. Testers then mark whether each test case was successful. Afterward, testers or project managers can pinpoint areas of concern and areas where everything is functioning well, improving overall project quality management.

Lack of automated testing

Manual testing is prone to human error, which can result in overlooking important test scenarios or making mistakes during execution. Implementing automated tests helps minimize the risk of human error and enhances the reliability and efficiency of testing. That’s it.

To learn more about how our testing process works, check this video

Inefficient DevOps processes

Bugs frequently arise due to poorly configured DevOps processes, particularly during server upgrades or infrastructure changes. Without automation and standardization in deployment, bugs and system failures can occur. To address these issues, DevOps processes should be fine-tuned and optimized by integrating automated infrastructure management and monitoring tools.

Low code quality

Poorly written code, often produced by inexperienced or underqualified developers, is a major source of bugs. Inadequate documentation of requirements, poor technology choices, or lack of practical experience can lead to inefficient code.

The first step to address this issue is conducting a thorough code review. An experienced developer, with a fresh perspective, can identify errors that the author might have overlooked. These errors could include syntax issues, improper algorithm usage, incorrect conditions, or other coding inefficiencies.

Additionally, code reviews should be conducted regularly, preferably by developers who are not part of the project team. 

We use this approach when working on development projects. It enables early detection of potential issues, saving time and resources for the client. Regular code reviews enhance code quality, making it more efficient, readable, and maintainable. They also instill confidence in the code's adherence to quality and security standards.

To sum up

Addressing persistent bugs requires a comprehensive approach across all development stages. This is the only way to guarantee high-quality code and a top-notch product overall.

Struggling with bugs in your software project? We offer you a free system audit with a detailed report and recommendations to resolve the issues.

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