DevOps vs Agile: How Can Their Unique QA Advantages Work Together?

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DevOps vs Agile: How Can Their Unique QA Advantages Work Together?

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DevOps and Agile working together.

DevOps and Agile working together.

We are all in this together. That is the accepted philosophy that underpins the continued growth of the software development industry’s twin 21st-century efficiencies — Agile and DevOps.

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What is less recognized is the role QA plays in enhancing the flow of innovation and production within the two models. Quality assurance testing is the common link that ensures continuity of purpose through the entire product journey from inspiration to the end-user experience.

When software companies engage a QA expert, they are gaining a dedicated team that can maintain contact with their product as it flows through the iteration and change of the Agile phase, on into the deployment and continual assessment of the DevOps phase.

Less a matter of DevOps vs. Agile — it is important to look at how these methodologies complement each other. Agile and DevOps get their strength and efficiencies by empowering every member of an enterprise to take responsibility for the final user experience. Having a professional QA team bridge both approaches can further enhance this power. 

Understanding DevOps vs. Agile

Agile and DevOps are different sides of the same coin. In fact, DevOps directly grew out of the Agile movement, which rose to prominence in the early years of the millennium. Both approaches work to remove the barriers between teams and responsibilities —  barriers that can unnecessarily divide the flow of software development and production into unrelated silos.

DevOps and Agile are two distinct methodologies, however.

Agile focuses on an inclusive, iterative approach to software development that incorporates QA testing and the interests of business stakeholders into a continual cycle of coding, testing, and review. It is built to accommodate change and divides a project up into small, highly efficient sprints that prioritize continual testing and rapid release.

DevOps, on the other hand, succeeds by bringing together two traditionally separate practices: development and operations. Whereas the Ops side of things was once solely responsible for ensuring that a production site runs properly, operations now work closely with the development team to create a continuous integration and continuous delivery.

Essentially, Agile produces better products through continual iteration and evolution; DevOps creates a working relationship between that process and the final product delivery.


With the most efficient approach, the QA team rides this looped development and delivery cycle from beginning to end.

DevOps vs Agile: How Can Their Unique QA Advantages Work Together?

The very need for both approaches is tied directly to increased testing speeds and the rapid deployment of products that meet high customer experience standards.

Both approaches recognize the fundamental importance of ensuring quality standards throughout the development and production lifecycle of an application. As such, testing is constant to ensure that changes to code do not adversely affect the product's overall functionality. Even better: incorporating QA experts introduces a flexible, parallel structure to the development phase that means bug fixes are implemented sooner, the process is readily scalable and software testing remains a priority throughout the product life cycle.

Further Reading

What Is DevOps?: The Difference Between DevOps and Agile

Agile, DevOps, and Lean: What's the Best Approach?

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