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Remote QA and QA Contractors: How to Test Your Code Efficiently

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In the previous article about Remote QA and QA contractors management, we have explored how to perform testing smoothly in terms of cooperation with a remote team of testers. This is a difficult and time-consuming process. However, when it’s polished to perfection, it can bring unique advantages over competitors, making the testing process faster and optimal. In this part, we will dive deeper and will see which tools and methodologies are better to ensure an efficient and reliable collaboration with a remote QA.

Use Proven Testing Approaches

The recent World Quality Report 2017-2018 showed that the trends in quality assurance are focused on improving the testing processes towards automation, which makes them more flexible and compliant. In this case, the development team will have a more accurate feedback from testers (the quality of tracking bugs, as well as recommendations for their correction), while a remote QA contractor can communicate with developers, DevOps, and managers efficiently, applying Continuous Development approach.

Continuous Development is an integral part of DevOps testing operations and is widely used for intelligent automation of QA and smart analytic implementation into the testing processes. This helps to speed up the testing process and simplifies decision-making. These processes are characterized by a high level of adaptation, as well as the quality of received data obtained from the collaboration with a remote QA contractor. Further, it also helps testers to check new-generation products accurately, including AR/VR technologies, Internet of Things, intelligent devices, and highly integrated products. Let’s take a closer look.

Continuous Integration Testing

Continuous Integration method entails delivery of frequent automated project assemblies to identify and solve integration issues as quickly as possible. This helps developers update the status of the work done without delays so that QA contractors can report bugs on time before they grow into the global problems.

The main benefits of this method are:

  • Detection of bugs at the early stages of development
  • Faster and easier detection of the code failures
  • It helps not to be lost in the big amount of additional data related to the project development
  • Regular monitoring of current “builds” and updates
  • Reduction of risks within all development stages
  • It optimizes the automated testing process and enables continuous deployment
  • It helps to monitor commitment process and the code-base updates

QA contractors appreciate this methodology, especially its ability to be used in pair with various tools (CruiseControl, Bamboo, Jenkins, BuildBot, Strider, etc). It helps to establish productive interaction between the testers and development teams. These advantages favorably affect the further project development and contribute to its timely delivery.

GitHub’s Advantages & Remote QA Contractors

In collaboration with remote QA contractors, GitHub serves as a proven instrument for the development of an effective testing strategy. In this case, testers should possess the high-grade experience with the command line, and also understand all the advantages of testing with GitHub. This method will be especially good in Agile environment, as it increases the quality and outcomes of the work done. GitHub allows testers to integrate plugins that can help organize work with its interface, and then helps to avoid problems associated with the lack of transparency in the order of frequent project updates.

One of the most useful plugins for these purposes is ZenHub for Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox browsers. This is the optimal management tool that works directly with GitHub’s interface, making the testing process faster and more organized. It also facilitates project’s status monitoring.

This plugin gives the opportunity to customize the kanban-style board and allows testers to organize tickets (New Issues, In Progress, Code Review, Ready for QA, QA, and Closed) in the most convenient way for their productive work. Using this opportunity, GitHub’s interface permits to allocate the necessary tasks to the milestones, and then monitor the progress of their implementation in percentage. Found bugs can also be collected according to their importance and issue types. Using the interface’s filters, testers can also monitor the work of each member of the team more precisely.

DueFocus Management Assistant

We at TestFort use DueFocus management assistant for simple monitoring of development and testing teams. This is a high-class tool that improves the quality of project monitoring and can be synchronized with all popular management systems, including Jira, Redmine, Odoo, etc. We also constantly apply the above-mentioned methods that help us optimize our work and deliver professional QA services. We value an individual approach to each of our clients and study project requirements and the client’s expectations accurately, developing comprehensive testing strategies. Contact us, our team is ready to help you test your applications at all levels of development, thus ensuring its seamless performance after the production.

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