Quality Assurance (QA) Analysts are a crucial part within software development. They’re tasked with testing programs to make sure they are reliable, functioning properly, and user-friendly. QA testing can be done through both automated and manual testing. Deciding which type is best will vary based on the needs and abilities of the organization.
In general, manual testing is used for smaller projects with tighter budget constraints. In manual testing, QA Analysts inspect lines of code and check the functions of all areas within the overall program for any weaknesses that can affect the end-user’s experience. As part of the testing process, they act as each type of individual who will interact with the completed software (i.e. customers, clients, etc.) in order to ensure that it functions as intended. Once the QA Analyst has completed their work, they report their findings so that updates can be made, then test the program again to ensure everything is correct.
Automated testing is often used on larger projects that will have multiple system users. QA Analysts create test scripts that will be utilized by automated testing tools, allowing tests to be run quickly and frequently. Creating the test scripts can be more time consuming up front, but is more beneficial for companies who have a need for continuous testing rather than just a one-time use. Regardless of the method used, the goal of quality assurance is the same – catch any bugs or errors before the software is made available, helping to ensure a satisfactory experience for the user.
NSR has consultants who are skilled in many areas of QA analysis and testing. We work with those who specialize in either automated or manual testing, along with some who are skilled in both areas. Our consultants also have experience with a variety of testing stages, including Unit Testing, Integration Testing, System Testing, User Acceptance Testing (UAT), and Deployment Testing.