The tasks of any quality assurance (QA) specialist are broad and changeable day-to-day. Although working in QA offers good learning opportunities, you need to be flexible in your approach, stay on top of trends and take control of your learning.

Here are some of the key trends in QA and what a QA specialist’s role looks like today.

QA trends and technologies

 At ELMO, our current focus is on ensuring our business understands the importance of quality assistance versus quality assurance. We are heavily invested in getting the QA team to assist the developers with a developer on-testing approach, as well as collaborate with the developers in writing acceptance tests.

DevOps are an integral part of our daily life because they use multiple infrastructure resources, such as Azure and Amazon (Amazon Web Service), following microservices architecture. They help facilitate the deployment process and also ensure CI/CDs are configured in an optimised fashion.

Acceptance Test Driven Development (ATDD) is also a very common trend. It’s practised because it provides a three-way handshake between customers, developers and QA, putting them on the same page. It helps to achieve the shift left testing approach very easily.

In terms of technology, ELMO QA specialists are currently using CypressJS on an everyday basis, along with JMeter when it comes to writing acceptance tests or doing API testing.

Some of our team are currently pursuing container-based application testing, which helps in configuring and deploying a development and testing framework, including all dependencies in a single image. It’s especially useful for QA and is time efficient, allowing dependency and configuration to integrate into the core framework.

Key QA skills and experience

Today, a QA’s role isn’t limited to ‘quality assurance’ but combines ‘quality assistance and assurance’. For any rapidly growing company, it may be more efficient to have a few QA specialists train all the developers in adopting the ‘Developer On Testing’ approach. They could also help everyone understand the requirements and collaborate with the team to build a collection of acceptance tests which covers both validation and verification of the developed product. In this way, QAs play a quality advisory role instead of just acting as a quality assurance tester.

Learning how to use CypressJS and Protractor for UI automation, understanding and using JMeter for API testing and load testing are also two essential skills. All QA specialists should consider picking these up over the next year or so as they are required by many companies.

Growing a career at ELMO

ELMO is a great fit for a career seeker because we promote self-development and assist everyone in their career progression. With the help of our great human resources team, a QA can set their sights on a DevOps or business analyst role, or even become a product manager.

ELMO is made by its people and culture. From our kitchen staff to our CEO, everyone is approachable. Every developer, product manager and HR staff member is friendly, social and engaging. That’s ultimately what makes ELMO such a great workplace.

If you’re interested in finding out more about tech careers with ELMO Cloud HR & Payroll, take a look at our job opportunities or get in touch with ELMO’s talent acquisition team via email on [email protected].

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