Software development is seeing increasingly larger numbers of invested stakeholders across wide disciplinary groups as development becomes an integral part of the service delivery and customer experience model of nearly all industries. Coupled with a need to satisfy both end-user system security and end-user satisfaction, standard benchmarks have been set by various compliance regulatory conformances including ISO 9000 and CMMI. The role of objectivity and multi-dimensional protections in software quality assurance and system integration testing provides measurable safety standards that protect stakeholder interests and system integrity for end-users.
1. Software testing protocols for end-user protection.
System integration testing in the context of software testing occurs as part of the standard testing life cycle for collaborative software. While this testing precedes a User Acceptance Test, the testing generally serves to ensure that all software and end-user systems can remain safely coexistent, communicate data in both directions, and be updated as required. Testing typically occurs on a subset of the entire system in a continuous development paradigm.
Application quality assurance standards as outlined under ISO 9000 and CMMI. While these standards set requirements for all stages of the software development process, specific assessment benchmarks apply to end-user protection. These standards include meeting and documenting such factors as release management, product integration, and adequate pre-release product testing.
These standards allow businesses and individuals to accurately assess the risk factors that they may face at software implementation, including potentially damaging system bugs.
2. Software testing protocols for stakeholder interests.
Of course, end-user experience is an important factor in software development, but there are also multiple stakeholders in a project with specific interests. These may include basic factors such as agile user story objectives, timelines, documentation, release management and budgets. A well-focused and well-documented quality assurance program provides accountability and introspection across all life cycle stages from requirements definition and source code control to release plans and update scheduling.
By narrowly honing in on specific goals, commitments and abilities with preset and documented terms of measurement and verification, quality assurance standards provide translucency between the client and the sometimes esoteric developer, prevents rework and misunderstood product requirements, and maintains close control over timelines and budgets. The QA Consultants website has the available resources if you would like to learn more.
These standards require the software application to specifically meet the standards set out by the project and guided by its design and development. Broadly, standards ensure that the project will conform to stakeholder needs in terms of usability, functionality and conformity to the stakeholder’s specifications. The product must be delivered to install and run safely in its intended environment.