When considering the various arguments for implementing adequate QA & Testing processes, none is more convincing than the associated costs of fixing bugs. The longer a bug goes undetected, the more costly it is to fix. A simple costs vs benefits analysis will show overwhelmingly that the benefits of employing a QA Test Engineer to validate the code far outweighs the costs.
What makes QA and testing important though is more than the above: it’s about building a positive reputation for developing quality products. Business is willing to pay more for high quality, safe and reliable products, and therefore QA and testing could contribute a great deal of value. By being able to reassure the customer that everything possible is being done to ensure that the product is of high quality and will meet the defined project requirements, you can increase your customer’s confidence that the project will completed on schedule and within budget.
The role of the QA Test Engineer is essential to these aims because self-testing is unreliable and a clear conflict of interest. The independence and impartiality of the QA Test Engineer must be beyond question, proving independence is key to reassuring the client.
Long term, the acid test for effective QA and testing is customer satisfaction: are your clients jumping ship (looking elsewhere), or do they have increased confidence in your work? Projects completed late or not at all and going well beyond the allocated budget are symptoms of a QA & testing failure.
Compliance with industry-specific software standards is often a prerequisite to being able to bid for and win business. The purpose of Software Quality Assurance (SQA) is to ensure that software engineering processes used throughout all phases of development are the correct ones for the associated industry standards such as ISO9000, CMMI (maturity model) or Automotive SPICE to name just a few examples. Nowhere is this more essential than in safety critical industries where malfunctioning software and devices can potentially cause serious injury or even the loss of human life.
codeBeamer mitigates many of the risks associated with Safety Critical Development.
codeBeamer ALM software’s advanced quality assurance and testing feature set enables compliance with even the most complex of industry standards typically encountered in safety-critical industries. The solution offers preconfigured templates for the Automotive, Aviation and Medical industries for complying with a host of industry standards including:
- Medical: IEC 62304, FDA Title 21 CFR Part 11, ISO 14971, IEC 60601
- Automotive: ISO 26262, IEC 61508 Automotive SPICE, CMMI
- Aviation: RTCA DO-178C and EUROCAE ED-12C