QAOps – To maximize delivery speed and product quality

What is QAOps?

QAOps is a process/discipline of managing and scaling the Dev-QA-Ops cycle to maximize efficiency, delivery speed, and product quality. It helps to expedite the Dev to Deploy cycle with automated QA and process to achieve the goal, Quality. QAOps is an integration of IaaS+PaaS+SaaS.

In QAOps the core role of QA is as part of the operations, which is a cultural shift from native QA.


An integral part of SDLC

QAOps ensures a set of practices used to ensure that products and services meet certain quality standards. This can include testing, monitoring, and analyzing the performance of systems and applications to identify and resolve any issues or bugs. The goal of QAOps is to ensure that products and services are reliable, functional, and meet the needs of users. It is a critical part of the software development process and helps to ensure that products are delivered on time and meet the needs of customers.

QA in Operations

QAOps is a product development lifecycle pipeline with an integrated testing framework and tools. However, QAOps is a test environment ecosystem supported as part of the DevOps explained as below:

QA: Automation to perform functional, non-functional testing in all the layers of the application.

Ops: You can manage the deployment cycle’s infrastructure management, security and compliance requirements, database management, network management, and other related tasks with the aid of operations.

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Gears of QAOps

  • Test Environment Deployment
  • Test Environment Management
  • Validation
  • Test Data Management
  • Monitoring

QAOps Architecture

We may not have a specific diagram of a QAOps architecture, as the design and structure of a QA Ops system can vary depending on the specific needs of the organization and the product or service being developed. However, QAOps architecture diagram might include the following components:

1. Development environment: This includes the tools and resources used by developers to create and test the product or service, such as code repositories, IDEs, and testing frameworks.

2. Test environment: This includes the testing tools and resources used to validate the product or service, such as test automation frameworks, test case management tools, and test data management tools.

3. Continuous integration and delivery pipeline: This includes the processes and tools used to automate the building, testing, and deployment of the product or service, such as Jenkins, TravisCI, and GitHub Actions.

4. Production environment: This includes the resources used to run the product or service in a production setting, such as servers, databases, and monitoring tools.

5. Monitoring and logging: This includes the tools used to track and monitor the performance and health of the product or service in production, such as log analysis tools, performance monitoring tools, and alerting systems.

6. Issue tracking and resolution: This includes the tools used to track and resolve issues and bugs that are discovered during testing or in production, such as Jira, Trello, and GitHub Issues.

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How it works

DevOps Integration

QAOps Ensure the product development lifecycle pipeline contains all testing frameworks and tools needed.

Enhanced Test Planning

With the help of QAOps, testers and developers can more easily plan what tests to write as well as decide which tests to run and when.

Test LifeCycle Management

Build automation systems like CI/CD should treat tests differently depending on their status.

Test Version control

Processes that make sure that test modifications are duly reviewed and approved using features like pull requests in the code.

Advantages of QA Ops

  • Speed up software release cycles.
  • Increase efficiency / Reduce infra cost.
  • Faster time to market
  • Reduce production bugs.

Author: Premalatha S
Premalatha Shanmugham with 13+ years of experience In Indium, focusing on Digital Assurance and managing delivery. She holds an M.Phil in Computer Science and has presented papers in various conferences including STC, Step-IN, eWIT forums. With the extensive experience in Infrastructure, Grey box, and Test Ops domains has helped to achieve quick cycle to release, Regression optimization, Test optimization, and risk-free Quality products.