As the level of globalization rises, is getting more and more difficult to fully complete a project. In our days, the demand is critical, the deadlines are almost impossible to meet and the clients always unpleased. Mobile applications changed the whole concept of the meaning of a project. Everything is fast, everyone needs fast results. What are the factors of a successful QA project?
6 factors for a successful QA project
Skills and knowledge:
Life in the 21st century rotates about information and knowledge. It’s highly important that you get all the new news and information about the new technologies that emerge every day. You have to learn how to coordinate that information with your skills so that you can have the sharpest skills on the planet. If you think that you know them all and you don’t have anything else to learn, it’s clearly not the proper job for you. Be very fair with yourself: If you think that you don’t have the required skills for a certain project then don’t take it. You will just lose your time and also the clients time.
A good plan
So, now you got the project, you know that you can take it and you just need to plan how. Planning a holiday trip can be sometimes hard and tricky, now imagine planning a big project.
This is an important factor for the success of the project because is the planning is wrong, it could all collapse just minutes before you think it is ready to be released. You have to take into calculation everything: your tools availability, your strength and weaknesses, other requirements and even unplanned obstacles. That’s right, you have to plan unplanned obstacles. Sounds crazy, I know!
The real planning is done by identifying objects and proposing approaches and strategy for you or your team. Be careful on which level you make the plan: a very detailed one could be a little too much but a very loose plan could mean disaster.
The variety of Tools:
Because of the fast world that we live in, today, we need tools in order to keep in line with the demand and for meeting those close deadlines. If using some tools is not an option then it should be supported with scripting knowledge, reporting tools, bug tracking, and project management tools. You just have to have the right knowledge about every tool and know how and when to use it. It would make your job a lot easier.
Sticking to the plan
Don’t forget about the 2nd factor that I presented you: the plan. After you choose the tools and review the plan, you may be tempted to change some factors from it but it may be an irresponsible decision because when you chose the plan, you thought it thoroughly and calculated every inch and minute of the way. After you get caught up in the tool choosing the part you may want to skip some steps but resist the temptation. It was all going so good until now. Why ruin it?
If this is the case and you are working on a project with other members, you have to realize from the start that there is not one piece of that project that should bend for your personal ego.
Teamwork can change anything and it is a vital factor in having a successful QA project.
That extra mile.
Even if you are a team player and you think that all members of your team had done a great job, always be the one that runs the extra mile. In this way, you will get used to effort and maybe it will help lower your stress level. Earn your client’s respect by being different, by caring about the project that you work on and by giving your 110% percent in doing them.
These are just some of the factors I spotted in having a successful QA project. I am sure there are some others you have discovered. Share them with me and if you have any questions I can’t wait to answer them! Contact me.