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At the cutting edge: Shift-Left Testing

Improving software quality from the start

In this third article of our “At the cutting edge” series, we will explore the concept of Shift-Left Testing, a quality assurance (QA) strategy that seeks to anticipate problems in the software development process and improve product quality from the start.

What is Shift-Left Testing?

Shift-Left Testing is a QA methodology that consists of performing tests early in the software development cycle. Instead of waiting until the final stages, problems are identified and corrected earlier, reducing development time and improving software quality.

Benefits of implementing Shift-Left Testing

A study by Felderer and Ramler (2016) in “Information and Software Technology” shows how the implementation of Shift-Left Testing can lead to a significant reduction in the number of software defects and an improvement in the efficiency of the development process. The authors highlight the importance of early collaboration between development and QA teams, as well as the use of appropriate testing tools and techniques to optimize the process.

Furthermore, according to an article by Sharma and Kaur (2021) in “International Journal of Software Engineering & Applications“, early testing can lead to a reduction in overall development time and increased customer satisfaction.

Practical example of Shift-Left Testing

A practical example of Shift-Left Testing is the use of unit and integration testing early in the development process. This allows QA teams to detect and correct problems before they become costly bugs. By implementing early testing and fostering collaboration between development and QA teams, it is possible to reduce development time and deliver high quality products to end users.

In summary, implementing Shift-Left Testing in the software development process can significantly improve the quality of the final product, reduce development time and increase customer satisfaction. By adopting this methodology and fostering early collaboration between development and QA teams, you can maintain competitive advantages in the software development industry and always stay “At the cutting edge.


Sources: The impact on testers’ productivityInternational Journal of Software Engineering & Applications.