HOW TO MEET THE QUALITY & VELOCITY DEMANDS OF DEVOPS?
When companies are seeking to enhance their ability to move faster and deliver quicker requires integrating DevOps and Cloud into the environment. Unfortunately, this cannot be achieved without compromising security.
Scaling the concept of velocity and increasing Quality gained traction in the nineties when some internet companies standardized the DevOps concepts. This means teams were working with both speed and direction.
The buzzword DevOps is a set of best practices with an amalgamation of the Development, Operations, and Testing teams. The goal of DevOps is to integrate all three departments improve communication, shorten the development life cycle, promote continuous delivery with high quality. DevOps is like a combination of agile philosophies, continuous integrations, and improvements. This methodology is best used to leverage things like the Cloud to accelerate delivery.
To drive Quality and meet Velocity demands of DevOps, there several steps and factors that must be taken.
Testing is one of the most critical phases of project development. As best practice, the creation of a detailed Test plan to ensure good testing takes place. By having a well-defined Test plan prior to product coding in the design phase will give testers direction on what needs to be done for accurate testing. Other parameters to consider are to use autonomous and detached test group of testing specialists and not to rely on program developers to test your product.
A key step in the process is to always test every logical path of your development at least once to include product functionality and security performance. In most environments, there are only a set of tools that are a part of an incomplete approach to testing and in too many places.
DevOps is part of continuous development and an endless integration cycle which means there is no end. Therefore, it goes round and round as the product changes and becomes better. It is understood that testing also occurs with this process.
Testing In DevOps Environment:
Testing in the DevOps environment should be fast and reliable with the ability to quickly isolate failures. To avoid failure requires the teams to go beyond testing functionality and features, and include other factors such as security, penetration, and performance.
Agile and DevOps are all about removing impediments. When looking at your Ops and QA cycles within the overall Development cycle, you may question within each cycle how to go ten times faster or remove numerous impediments with quality and velocity.
Agile, DevOps and Cloud:
Agile, DevOps, and Cloud are really changing the way all businesses will operate in the future. This includes but not limited changes to processes and the tools used to track and report information. Research shows that Enterprises have changed their overall approach to development and the tools used for development and reporting. However, the test approach remains unchanged as they are using the same testing tools that have been around for the last 20 years. So, developing a strategy for DevOps has become a top priority for organizations.
Legacy tools create barriers to true DevOps and agile, taking weeks or months to develop tests. Much before the automated test industry was invented, there were existing legacy tools of the nineties.
Those are the same tools that are widely used today. They are considered highly siloed with heavy reliance on scripting and coding. For example, you have unit testing and then functional testing. Next, you may not do performance testing, barely carryout load testing, may complete performance testing, and do security testing; but those are all separate things. This is how the industry grew up and became accustomed to functioning. Once new and more modern tools started showing up in the 2000s, things continue to operation in a silo fashion.
When DevOps, CI, and CD, CD and Agile came along and said, we will connect to the Jenkins, they were made to communicate using ten different tools which did not get you where you needed to go. As a result, it was still common practice to write and create scripts four, five, six or seven times.
You are still probably giving up on App penetration or DDoS, app penetration, or these sorts of things and tried to string these together into something meaningful. This type of stringing is an enormous effort that we do not need.
We need the ability to create different scenarios and say, how do we run these together and get a real-world approximate approximation of how our applications will perform when people are using AI like this?
If you are using these legacy tools that are siloed, you can either get velocity or quality, but you cannot get both right. It is always a trade-off. You can either go for deep quality and take weeks to design and run tests or go for velocity which is the best way to think of this.
The whole idea is for the industry to have its toolset and platform to deliver velocity with quality without making a trade-off. When we think of what a DevOps automated test platform should be, we think of creating and recording a use case.
They are made very rapidly to be used across the board and not just for web apps (i.e., web and mobile apps for Citrix, Windows app and Java clients, API testing rest, etc.).
Not to forget SQL no sequel IoT, as today’s modern corporation have all of these. There is not a major corporation that is not interacting with some level of these various kinds of applications. You cannot say that I have a little bit of this for web apps.
All this raises QA to a whole another level as it allows QA people, Engineers, Quality testers, and team members to not be boxed in.
It is an excellent time for QA engineers to acquire more knowledge about database, load, and performance testing. Hence, testing, security, app penetration, security, DDoS, all these things need to be in their vernacular and skill set. In addition, a unified test platform will make it easier as it must support the entire DevOps lifecycle.