Software Quality Assurance is a specialized activity and it contributes in building capable processes in organization. This book details the different knowledge areas and provides practical insight, which is required for software quality analysts to quickly grasp and start being productive within days, and contributes to build such capable processes. This book details the basics of quality assurance, relevant techniques and methods used in quality assurance.
What is in there?
- A quick description of various knowledge areas in software quality assurance
- Frequently used tools and techniques in software quality assurance
- Sample cases to understand the concepts
Why this book?
- A simple ready reckoner for SQA
- Mix of pragmatic and theoretical elaborations
- Industry specific and current needs of Industry is taken care of
- Short book for a quick read
Who should read?
- People who are interested in making a career in software quality assurance
- Who are interested in understanding Quality assurance
- Who are leading an organization and wants to set up the Quality assurance function
The Software Industry has grown a lot in the last few decades, and there are many players in the market. Most of the software is made in an unknown country and by unknown people. Though cost and people competency are the major influencing factor for determining who will produce the software or provide the service, in reality almost all the contracts are made by looking at delivery methodologies, process maturity and demonstration of technical capabilities. Most of the contracts are not awarded for people skill, considering no one knows which person is working in the service provider organization. The contracts are awarded based on Processes, past performance and technical understanding, which the service providers demonstrate along with good costing. It’s because the only way a client can believe the unknown you is, by knowing your way of working and your processes. You would agree, most of your clients are not your neighbor, friend or relative, so that they can blindly give the work order to you! Neither all our companies are doing Research projects, so that based on people competency we are awarded projects!
Who develops these processes, who maintains them and how come these processes have become matured, and how you are able to demonstrate your processes and delivery methodologies are in par or better than your competitors, who are those people, who makes your prestigious client to believe you… There are many, like Operational teams, center of excellences, heroic sales team and vital management team, and beyond this, we all would agree it’s the Software Quality Assurance team which plays key role in ensuring process implementation, stability and capability. This book is written for those who are aspiring to take up a role in Software Quality Assurance or those who wants to set up a function and get the benefit out of it or for those who wants to understand, how practically the Software Quality Assurance function works. Today, Software Quality Analyst (SQA) role is a key component in any successful service provider’s delivery system.
To perform as SQA, it’s expected the person develops all around competency required for that role in the initial years. As they get experienced they can concentrate on specialized areas to improve their competency and contribute to the organizations. Many a times, we see the new SQA’s struggle to get a complete a view of their roles and knowledge areas in Software Quality Assurance. Lack of complete understanding on software quality assurance affects their productivity and career path. This book is intended to provide those details, which are essential for Jumpstart to Software Quality Assurance. A SQA can gain experience by working with projects, but may not learn the basics, responsibilities and techniques/methods required to perform in his/her role! This book provides you the theoretical and pragmatic view on Software Quality Assurance!