At Parkside, we strive for the highest possible quality in all our projects. Quality Assurance is essential in achieving this goal in design, development and processes alike.
A high level of quality should be part of all processes and roles involved in the development cycle. This can start as early as in the design phase and is of course continuously enforced during the development of the product. Our software testers work closely with the developers and are incorporated into the process as early as possible. This ensures not only faster and more efficient development but also an overall increase in quality. Within the process, we point out solutions that meet your business needs and not just create technical reports — we’re reducing costs and increaseing your product’s ROI.
What is quality assurance?
Quality assurance or QA is a way of maintaining a high standard for our internal processes as well as the software we develop for our clients. Among other things, our QA team tests new features as soon as they are made ready by our developers. They examine the feature and its exact functionality and create extensive test reports detailing existing issues and bugs that must be addressed by design or development.
Why is QA important?
Quality Assurance helps us to provide our customers with the best possible software. A high-quality software product or service ensures not only a great user experience and performance. It also builds the trust a user has in our client’s software or product and their company in general.
Our QA services
Whether mobile or web development, our dedicated QA team is experienced in a wide range of testing tools, technologies and strategies.
Functional and non-functional testing
Our team of manual and automation testers works together to make sure that the quality of your software is up to high standards and that all your requirements are met. This covers functional testing, which ensures that your software works as it is supposed to, and your requirements are met, as well as non-functional testing focusing on smooth user experience beyond functionality (e.g. design, performance, etc.).
Test automation is a fast and reliable technique to test software on a regular basis. While manual testing is still an important part of our QA processes, automated tests can be used to cover the most important and repeatable flows as well as complex scenarios in your software, which usually eat too much time to be done manually. This allows us to discover issues during implementation and before anyone else does.
For bigger projects, especially those involving sensitive data, we need to be able to react swiftly to possible changes and issues. That’s why we offer test management. Test management tracks all requirements, use cases and correlating test cases so that the status of the quality of the product can be determined at any given moment and issues can be traced back to their cause quickly and easily while keeping costs in check.
Our QA packages
Prevention and preparation are the best ways to avert a disaster. To do this, you need a strong implementation plan, a clear test scope with priorities, coupled with a reliable process and communication strategy. With this package you stay lean, we implement test automation from day 1.
Either we provide first aid with bottleneck analysis, prioritization and an achievable action plan to revive your project patient, or we get process and defect management on track to reduce errors and production disruptions and achieve your business goals with minimal disruption. In case of emergency, we extinguish the critical fires with the right methods and eliminate redundancies with intelligent test management for a permanently controlled situation.
Manual QA slimming package
Losing ballast in your QA process has never been easier. You move to test automation in the fastest way possible while we do the heavy lifting for you.
How can early involvement of QA speed up the development of your software product or service?
In the past, software testers were often only involved in a last step before the release. The result of that was that major issues and bugs, when detected, could cause delays and additional costs or even be overlooked due to an inordinate amount of workload and time pressure for the testers.
Nowadays, the value of early and continuous testing throughout the development cycle is more and more recognized and something we heavily promote at Parkside. The earlier an issue is detected, the less time it costs to fix it. Therefore, Quality Assurance in a software project not only increases the overall quality of the finished software — it can also prevent delays and late-in-the-game changes as well as save costs on development.
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Whereas formerly development and operations had been treated as separate disciplines, today they are combined and commonly referred to as DevOps. The goal of DevOps is to carry out frequent, continued and iterative improvements to products through measurable changes. With this approach, we drastically reduce the time it takes to roll out features, respond quickly to incidents and significantly improve the security standards of the products we develop.
At Parkside, our site reliability engineers implement our DevOps strategy, which consists first and foremost of automation. Saving time by automating menial and cumbersome tasks in operations processes is crucial. In addition, they measure the results of their implementations and make sure to share as much information as possible about incidents to build a vast knowledge base throughout the entire company.
Our DevOps strategy is made up of four important principles
Reducing organizational silos
To reduce organizational overhead, it is vital that development and operations form one unit.
Implementing gradual changes
Safety and efficiency benefit from small, incremental changes instead of reworking entire structures all at once.
Leveraging tools and automation
Repetitive tasks and manual human effort must be reduced to a minimum.
Improving DevOps processes relies on drawing conclusions from their effects and adapting them accordingly.
Our DevOps services
Cloud Native is an umbrella term for an ecosystem of primarily open-source software and services that provide a great variety of functionalities. Among them figure important elements such as developing and deploying applications in the cloud, monitoring, storage, networking and many more. The majority of these technologies are based on Kubernetes.02
As one of the most important fundamentals of a DevOps culture, Continuous Integration enables a fast-paced and safe development environment. Its goal is to introduce small changes to the code base with separate pipelines. These can then be individually tested and merged into master.03
Continuous Delivery / Deployment
Continuous Delivery is an extension of the Continuous Integration approach with the intention of simplifying deployments. Although they used to be labor-intensive events that would normally take place outside of business hours, now they are made much more frequent in a CD environment and executed in a parallel fashion. This increases speed, reduces costs and improves the quality of the product. In an additional step, deployments can also be automated to instantly put new features and changes live.