This week we start a series of posts on software tools for managing software development and assuring software quality. Application life-cycle management (ALM), team management, testing management, automated and manual testing creation, security testing, load testing,… All this areas are ripen for new tools, and tools keep appearing. This results in a big
messmesh of possible combinations to tackle the needs of one specific software shop.
The shift to agile has required software vendors to make themselves valuable again. In retrospect, one could think that the complexity of classical software development processes is/was a marketing ploy to sell more software to software development companies. In any case, large software development companies and those that release critical software still benefit from structure and regulations to improve the productivity and quality of the software.
The agile manifesto did away with much of the complexity around software development. Its followers were happy to support it and steer software development with just a whiteboard and a set of post-its. The whiteboard and post-its have been quickly adopted by Software Development Life-Cycle (SDLC) tools, together with other features from SCRUM practices. Now, internationally spread teams can develop software together thanks to this new tools following modern methods.
Agile has also brought a change in the the testing practices. Software life-cycle is shortened and applications are published online with versions out every single day. No more time for 3-4 months of quality assurance phase, testing is done continuously and automatically. And testing tools have adapted as well to this change.
In this series we are going to focus on tools that are offered as Software-as-a-Service (Saas), which allows for more flexible adoption by the enterprise, but can create a set of un-connected tools. The U-QASAR platform will be the glue for all those SaaS tools that have anything to do with quality assurance and we should have something to show you very soon.