How To Make Your Development and QA Teams Work Together?

How To Make Your Development and QA Teams Work Together?

When developers and testers cooperate, consult and coordinate on a project, the result is always above expectations. This type of close interaction helps developers to meet their deadlines, testers to release error-free functionalities and customers to enjoy a superior product.

However, bringing together Development and QA teams will not be easy since both teams have to meet deadlines and work pressures.

The following suggestions will help to minimize differences and maximize productivity:

We are a Team Approach

In a team, everyone has a definite role to play and no one can perform independent of each other. So, it is important to develop a “We are a Team” approach. It is very important to encourage interaction between QA and Development from the first day of the project as it helps to develop clarity and set aside misunderstandings. Most of the time, QA teams and Development teams are busy pointing fingers at each other. If both teams understand that the focus in on building a superior product together, these problems can be easily resolved.

Understand and Respect Each Others Roles

The QA and Development teams should understand that even if their work profiles are different, they are very interdependent on each other.

According to Paul Graham, most developers demand “maker time” where they are concentrating on a complex task of building a software according to client specifications. At that time, disturbing them with bug reports will be annoying. Using an official bug reporting platform will definitely help testers to keep things under control.

It is very important that the development team understands that it should keep some time to work on bugs. And the QA team should understand that not every bug they report may receive a favorable response.

Prioritize the Project from the Viewpoint of a Customer

When developers build the software, they should understand what each feature stands for and how it will help a customer. When a QA analyst works on a project, they should understand the end –result and the customer expectations from the project. The fact is that developments in technology have increased customer expectations of a product or service. And even the customer service for the product. For instance, customers now expect an app or a software to be seamless, intuitive, and reflect how they work in the real world. This is something Apple adopts for every product they release to the market.

Thus having a customer-centric approach to your software development can increase the usability, and customer satisfaction.

Encourage Formal and Informal Interactions

Break down the walls imposed by misunderstandings and lack of communication. QA analysts should sit closer to the developers, and interact with them regularly. If they don’t know each other well, things are definitely going to be difficult. Help develop a strong group communication at each phase of the project through an established tool or platform.

If you are looking for a QA team that easily dovetails into your development and contributes to a productive software, the QA experts at Gallop can help you. Gallops QA staffing and Consulting Services help businesses to hire specialist QA analysts and leverage their skills for your projects. With our functional skills, and the expertise garnered from working in diverse projects, we bring the much-needed understanding and flexibility every development team needs.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.

Colocated QA Staffing – Remove Sourcing Bottlenecks with Agility


In an earlier article, we saw how colocated testing teams can bring greater ROI for an organization (Colocated Testing Teams – What are they? And how do I benefit?).

On the flip side, many industry insiders argue that building a colocated team with the necessary skills and experience is difficult due to lack of availability of local talent. Personal situations might prompt key resources to relocate or take a break from work which makes it difficult to maintain a steady team in case of long-term projects. Another downside to building a colocated team is the initial expense involved in creating area and infrastructure for a large team. Agile teams provide the perfect answer to both these concerns.

What does being Agile mean?

In the agile methodology, software is released in small increments or release cycles which are called iterations, and each iteration entails all the different stages seen in a normal development cycle. It differs from the traditional waterfall model in that the various stages of software development like requirements gathering, design, coding and testing go hand in hand. One stage does not wait for the previous stage to end.

Compared to a traditional model, agile teams are typically smaller in size, the scope of work is limited and there is less documentation involved. Release cycles are also accordingly short. The time available for testing is generally less which means testing needs to be optimized and automated wherever practical. Manual testing would need to be limited to new or modified functionality. Also, the testing team needs to work closely with the development team to understand the scope of change and leverage their test cases wherever possible.

Agility and Colocation: How do they work in tandem?

Agile teams work best in a colocated scenario as they require first hand face to face communication. Due to the small iteration cycle, there is less time to seek clarifications and resolve issues. Testing starts early, as soon as the code is stable, and continues as coding progresses. In such a situation where the code is evolving even as testing progresses, it is imperative that the QA and the development team collaborate and work as a single team. Colocation facilitates this.

Since an agile project develops the software in multiple iterations, the size of the development and testing team is generally small and streamlined. This mitigates the pain of identifying and on-boarding skilled resources locally. Release cycles are small which means there is very less time to manually test each and every functionality. From unit testing and above, testing is automated as much as possible and manual testing is limited to detecting bugs in the code and missing functionalities. This too serves to limit the size of the team required to execute the project.

The agile methodology makes it possible to develop the product with a limited number of skilled and qualified resources. The only constraint is the necessity to have resources with a good working knowledge of the system in order to adapt to changes, which is a natural part of the agile methodology.

So if you are thinking AGILE, you need to think colocated QA staffing.

The opinions expressed in this blog are author's and don't necessarily represent Gallop's positions, strategies or opinions.