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Designing a QA Strategy

The challenge lies in designing a QA strategy that accounts for the needs of your team while accelerating their ability to achieve their development goals. Here’s what you need to know to build, iterate and improve a QA strategy that will help your team excel.

How to develop a customized QA strategy

Every organization has unique challenges and goals for product quality, and every team will have a slightly different makeup and process. With so many moving pieces to account for, there’s no true one-size-fits-all QA strategy. Teams that customize their QA strategy to map to their business goals and team’s needs are able to use testing resources as efficiently as possible.

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How can you balance quality initiatives with other organizational goals?

While product quality is important, striving for a high quality bar isn’t the only goal for most organizations. Quality must content with time to market, the demand for new features, and other organizational priorities.

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Continuous Testing: Striking a Balance Between Quality and Speed: Rainforest CTO Russ Smith and CircleCI CTO Rob Zuber discuss the challenges of moving fast while maintaining product quality, and how teams should think about the tradeoffs for different models of software testing and development.


How much should your QA strategy change as you scale?

Quality expectations change for your organization depending on the size and maturity of your organization. As a result, the demands on your QA strategy and process will also change as you scale. Your QA process must be both appropriate for your current stage and flexible enough to scale with you without requiring a complete overhaul.

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  • How Good is Good Enough to Ship?: Mapping your QA focus to your stage of growth ensures that you have the right balance of quality processes in place to meet your team’s needs without slowing them down. This guide explains how QA should evolve across the software development lifecycle as your organization grows.
  • When is a Test Case Ready for Automation?This blog post discusses how to build more robust automation test cases, including what types of test cases are most likely to fail.
  • Is Manual QA a Poor Use of Time? This post explores the growing trend towards automated QA processes, and the role that manual testing should play in fast-moving QA processes.

How can I troubleshoot and iterate on my existing QA strategy?

For many teams, the QA strategy that they’ve implemented can leave a lot on the table, and more than a few bugs in production. Taking a look at where your process is and isn’t delivering the results you need is the first step towards a better QA strategy.

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  • 90 Days to Better QA: In this guide, QA leaders from a range of organizations share their experience with building strong QA strategies. 90 Days to Better QA teaches how to identify QA pain points and what a 90-day roadmap towards improving your approach to quality assurance processes should look like.
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