What quality assurance methods work? Most likely, you use standard practices that have been established in your company. These practices may be dictated by the industry you work in. But are they efficient? Are they efficient? How?
The key question is not the same. [iStock/sc-s] What techniques can provide 80% quality? Are you able to apply them in your project?
I have tried many different techniques while working on various software development projects. However, I was limited in my knowledge of quality assurance techniques. These provided the greatest benefits.
This article will discuss the 20% of techniques that provide 80% quality for your project. These practices must be implemented to their fullest extent. Only then, you can try another.
1. Definition of Requirements
In the previous post we discussed the definitions and characteristics of quality. All of them relate to the requirements in some way.
The key to a quality product is a clear definition of the requirements.
Serious Projects Require Serious Teams
Your team should have the ability to gather and write high-quality requirements.
This cannot be changed.
There are no magic bullets here. It is impossible to gather requirements and create a high-quality product or result with newbies.
I agree that 10 students with basic programming skills could create an iPhone application. They will not be productive. There will be many trials and errors. There will be reworks. They will not win the market with their product at the end, and that is something I am certain of.
You must ensure that the team has the required expertise and resources. This could include roles such as Product Manager, Business Analytic, and UI/UX specialists, or other industry experts.
This means that you need experts to help your project team. Experts who have worked on similar projects and not just the required skills.
What can you do when your budget is tight and you are unable to purchase something similar? It can be a risk in many domains (legal, technical, and business). It is important to treat it as such. Communicate the risk to all stakeholders and plan accordingly.
Building bridges between business and expertise
It is not enough to understand what your business needs are and turn them into requirements. Experts can help you determine the limits of the technologies and approaches that are available to you.
I believe we can accomplish almost anything given enough resources, time, and failure tolerance.
But that is not our goal.
Project management is about efficiency and maximizing your time and effort. You need to strike a balance between the business’s needs and the capabilities of your project team. You shouldn’t be able to afford or meet deadlines that are too short.
Design First
If possible, visualize the final product or result. You can create wireframes, wireframes and mockups. Before you start the work, give your customers and team something to play with.
This has the advantage of allowing you to explore more use cases. It will help you to clarify and ask more questions. It will allow you to simulate the behavior of an end user.
This level of detail will save you a lot of time in the long-term. This is especially true if you include the ability to scale up and adapt your project to meet new requirements from the beginning.
Keep your common sense.
Sometimes, it is more efficient and effective to create a hardwired product. Even if that means rewriting it from scratch later. Consider your project context, constraints, and high-level requirements.
What do Engineers Really Need?
Last but not the least. You should get the input of engineers and other experts if you want to make changes to your requirements.
It could be additional information or a specific format. You can create designs in an interactive format, for example. Engineers can view all required measurements and metrics from this area.