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Software Quality Assurance


Definition

Software Quality Assurance provides the standards, processes and procedures that ensure that a software application meets it's requirements and is properly tested.

To accomplish this effort, SQA must adhere to software engineering standards, such as:


Ensuring Software Quality Assurance

To achieve this lofty and ambitious objective, it requires that the whole process be broken down into logical tasks.

Otherwise, attempting to accomplish SQA is too unmanageable.


Manageable Software Quality Assurance Tasks

  • Requirements Management
  • Test Case Documentation and Management
  • Defect Management
  • Metrics Gathering and Reporting
  • Code Analysis
  • Automating Functional and Regression Testing
  • Requiring Performance and Stress Testing Standards be Met



SQA Program

One of the fundamental aspects of SQA is the ongoing process improvement of the software development organization.

Often, SQA stops at defect tracking and test management, but to really benefit from a strong a SQA Program an organization must constantly inspect and monitor the business and technical processes throughout the development cycle.

Searching for ways to improve processes and standards for the betterment of the product.

A comprehensive SQA program includes continually process improvement of not only testing, but the processes, organization and the people involved with the development and delivery of software.

To the final goal of ensuring that the customer needs and expectations are being satisfied.


SQA and the SDLC

The Software Development Life Cycle, SDLC, fully encompasses the development, the delivery and the maintainability of a software application or service.

A wisely implemented SQA program can support any software development methodologies.

Whether you are using an AGILE, Waterfall, or some methodology in between, SQA can provide the testing, metrics and process improvement to ensure that the SDLC process evolves as the business and customer requirements change.


SQA

SQA is a set of practices for ensuring quality in software development processes.

It includes:

  • Process definition and implementation
  • Auditing
  • Training


Software Testing

Software testing measures the completeness, correctness and quality of the software. Because these can be somewhat subjective depending on who is doing the testing, There have been many attempts to formalize testing requirements.

For a deeper discussion about Software Quality Assurance and Software Testing


Software Testing Procedures

Software Testing Procedures are the testing procedures and steps used to ensure the software application is tested and validating before releasing the software.

For more information about Software Testing Procedures


Black Box Testing

Black Box Testing, BBT, is the process of testing an application's functionality and requirements.

BBT usually only requires the tester to know and understand the business requirements and software functional specifications.

For more information about Black Box Testing


White Box Testing

White Box Testing, WBT, is the practice of testing the internal workings of the software application.

This requires the Tester to have a thorough and deep understanding of the software being tested.

For more information about White Box Testing.



Software Testing Table of Contents

Software Testing Software Testing is the systematic and sometimes programmatic, investigation of software for defects and to ensure the application runs appropriately.

Black Box Testing Black Box Testing is process of testing an application's functionality. This type of testing usually only requires the tester to know and understand the business requirements and software specifications.

Software Quality Assurance Software Quality Assurance is the systematic testing of a software product to meet the planned requirements. Quality Assurance is the testing of a software product and the process improvement of the testing cycle.

Software Testing Procedures Software Testing Procedures are the testing procedures and steps used to ensure the software application is tested and validating before releasing the software.

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White Box Testing White Box Testing, WBT, is the practice of testing the internal workings of a software application. This requires the Tester to have a thorough and deep understanding of the software being tested. White-Box Testing addresses the issue, are we building the software Right?

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