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Learn the top 5 Critical mistakes to Avoid in your QA testing process to exceed customer expectations in SaaS, and provide a secure and reliable source of growth.
Quality in SaaS (Software as a Service) refers to the ability of a SaaS solution to meet or exceed customer expectations, perform optimally, and provide a secure and reliable user experience.
By ensuring that a SaaS solution meets the highest quality standards, teams can build trust with their customers, reduce churn, and ultimately drive business growth.
However, like any other technology, SaaS solutions are not immune to quality issues that can negatively impact user experience and business outcomes.
In this eBook, we have outlined the five quality misses to avoid when developing and delivering SaaS solutions:
Waiting for product stability to start automation
Automation is an essential component of software development, and it can significantly improve efficiency, reduce errors, and enhance the overall quality of the product.
However, many teams make the mistake of waiting for the product to be stable before starting automation which can have several potential pitfalls, including:
Waiting for a product to be stable before starting automation can significantly delay the time to market. This is because automation testing can help identify bugs and issues early in the development process, allowing developers to fix them before the product is released.
Any bugs or issues identified later in the development process can be more costly to fix than those identified earlier. Additionally, there may be a need for manual testing which can then become time-consuming and expensive.
Manual testing can only cover so much ground, and it is impossible to test every possible scenario. Automation testing can help identify such bugs and issues that could be missed.
Automation testing requires a significant amount of time and effort to set up and configure. If the testing is done after the product is stable, it can become difficult and time-consuming to integrate into the development process.
Testing only feature flows and not use cases
Software testing is an important part of the software development lifecycle and must meet the business requirements and objectives.
However, one common mistake that testing teams make is focusing solely on testing feature flows rather than testing use cases. This can lead to:
By testing only feature flows, testers may miss other use cases and scenarios that are not covered by it. This can result in a lack of test coverage and an increased risk of defects being introduced into the system.
Not having a full understanding of the system and its functionality can result in missed defects and issues that may be present in other areas of the system.
Frequent changes in feature flows can make regression testing challenging since testers will need to retest a significant number of feature flows each time. This can be time-consuming and may delay the release of the product.
Testing only feature flows may not be enough to validate all the business requirements of the system, resulting in features that fail to meet the needs of end-users or business stakeholders.
If the focus is solely on feature flows, testers may miss critical performance and security issues that may be present in the system. This can result in poor performance and increased security risks.
Lacking automation for API testing
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) play a crucial role in facilitating communication and data exchange between different software systems and applications in modern software development.
However, many development teams often overlook the importance of automating API testing, leading to a range of negative consequences, such as:
This is true especially if there are a large number of APIs that need to be tested which can lead to delays and missed deadlines.
Any manual testing is prone to human error which can result in missed defects and issues in the APIs. These defects can cause system crashes, security breaches, and other such issues that can negatively impact user experience.
Manual testing of APIs may not cover all possible scenarios and edge cases, resulting in limited test coverage. This can lead to missed defects and issues that may only be discovered during production.
Frequent changes to APIs can make regression testing challenging since testers will need to retest all the APIs each time, which can be time-consuming and may cause delays in product release.
Manual testing is not scalable, especially if there are a large number of APIs that need to be tested. This will limit the ability of the testing team to keep up with the pace of development.
Not training the team for UX testing
Effective user experience (UX) testing is essential in software development to ensure that the end-users’ needs and expectations are met.
A frequent mistake made by development teams is neglecting to train their team in UX testing, resulting in several drawbacks, such as:
If the team is not trained in UX testing, they may not understand the importance of user experience and how to test it effectively. This leads to dissatisfied users and decreased adoption of the product.
Teams may miss important UX issues that can negatively impact user experience without proper training. This can result in a product that is complex to use and can cause user confusion or frustration.
The absence of UX training within the team can result in insufficient testing coverage, making it difficult to identify UX issues effectively. This can lead to missed defects and issues adversely affecting user experience.
Failing to identify and address UX issues early in the development process can prove to be costly and time-consuming to fix later. This will result in a delayed release of the product and increase the overall cost of development.
In today’s market, user experience is a critical factor in a product’s success. Without the right training, teams will not be able to create a product with a competitive user experience, leading to decreased market share and revenue.
Lack of focus on testing performance and UI
In software development, the “last mile” refers to the final stages of the development process, where the software is fine-tuned and optimized for performance, user interface, and user experience.
However, a mistake that development teams tend to make is low focus on testing performance and user interface design, which can have several downsides:
Performance and UI are critical components of the user experience. If these aspects are not thoroughly tested, the user experience may be poor, resulting in dissatisfied users and decreased adoption of the product.
Insufficient testing focus on performance and UI can result in inadequate test coverage, leading to missed defects and issues that can negatively impact the user experience.
Without proper performance testing, the product may suffer from reduced performance and efficiency, causing slow response times, crashes, and other issues that can affect user experiencee.
Poorly tested UI and performance can result in security vulnerabilities, leading to data breaches and other security incidents
If performance and UI issues are not identified and addressed early in the development process, it can become expensive and time-consuming to fix later. This will delay the release of the product and increase the cost of development.
In conclusion, by prioritizing quality throughout the development process, SaaS development teams can ensure that the software meets the business requirements and objectives, delivers real value to end-users, and maintains a competitive edge in the market.44
Through continuous testing, monitoring, and optimization, SaaS products can evolve and improve over time, meeting the ever-changing needs of the users and the market.
Surojit has over 15 years of experience in quality and implementations. He is a promoter of an extremely light and efficient Agile process to fit business needs. In his prior role as product owner, he built a robust product in a very short span of time.
Published April 24, 2023, Updated April 24, 2023
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