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QA and Development: Collaborating for Quality

In the intricate world of software development, the collaboration between developers and Quality Assurance (QA) teams is pivotal. Often, this partnership follows a traditional workflow where both groups work in parallel but on different aspects of the same project. However, this conventional approach can sometimes lead to unforeseen challenges.

In many development teams, the process typically begins with creating stories that are simultaneously picked up by developers and the QA team. While developers concentrate on coding, QA professionals work on writing test cases. This parallel approach, however, often leads to the identification of numerous overlooked scenarios. The QA team may feel victorious in finding many defects, but this situation can raise concerns about the overall quality of the code across the organization.

If this scenario resonates with you, rest assured, you're not alone.

This issue is a common one, but there is a strategic solution: preparing test cases before development begins and having developers treat these test cases as primary or even the sole requirements. This approach ensures all scenarios are covered during development itself.

Additionally, these test cases can often be automated by the development team, reducing the need for a large, specialized QA team. This shift in workflow, simple in concept, can significantly improve outcomes, streamlining the process, enhancing quality and efficiency, and creating a more positive work environment.

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