Achieving excellent quality: QA trends 2020

Fall season is the best time to check out the trends for the next year whether it is fashion or IT. We decided to start with software testing.

Before we begin to define what QA trends of 2020 are worth to watch out for, let’s take a quick look at some trends in software testing in 2019:

  • Customer experience
    Software testing in 2019 has been focusing primarily on the satisfaction of end-users and improvement of user experience.
  • Cross-functional role of QA
    In 2019 quality should become a primary goal for all the development team members including engineers, UX/UI designers, PMs.
  • Performance engineering & testing
    Another major QA trend 2019 is performance engineering and understanding how all the components of the system work together rather than working on test scripts.

There are automation, Quality Engineering, AI implementation, digital transformation around other software testing trends 2019. What is expected for Quality Assurance in 2020?

Applying DevOps principles to software testing can enhance quality and reduce the gap between QA Engineers and the development team. Continuous testing is inextricably connected with continuous integration and deployment. Seamless testing can improve software quality as well as connect the QA team with the development team and other stakeholders.

Big Data
Next year we will pay a lot of attention to Big Data testing looking for the best ways to process a huge amount of information properly. We should focus not only on quality but also on the time frames. Short delivery cycles cause the appearance of the testing tools and platforms that can help to check different information layers in the operating system.

Machine Learning
The continuous growing of the ML market requires improvement of the approaches for testing AI-driven software. Some experts even expect the implementation of ML in software testing processes that will allow QA Engineers discover additional layers of automation.

IoT testing
The number of smart IoT devices is expected to reach 20,8 billion by 2020. It means that QA specialists need to extend their knowledge about specifications related to usability, security and performance of IoT devices. Testers should also be familiar with communication protocols to combine different elements of connected devices.

Agile testing
More and more QA teams started to use Agile methodologies to provide continuous quality control. Flexibility becomes more valuable than ever making software testing no longer a separate stage but an activity throughout the development process. You can find more information about the difference between Waterfall and Agile software testing in our article.

Almost all IT trends rely on automation: DevOps, ML and AI, CI and CD, etc. Automation can improve test coverage, control and transparency of testing activities, reuse of test cases. The increasing importance of automation in QA also leads to the expansion of the testing tools’ market. Usage of open-source tools can save your time and money providing pretty fast and quality results.

Exposit QA Engineers are always aware of the latest trends and innovational testing approaches that will improve your software. Contact us if you value usability, performance and functionality and want to deliver only quality products to market.