I constantly hear developers calling testing QA. “Send the build to QA”. Based on ANSI/IEEE standards:
- Testing: The process of executing a system with the intent of finding defects including test planning prior to the execution of the test cases.
- Quality Control: A set of activities designed to evaluate a developed working product.
- Quality Assurance: A set of activities designed to ensure that the mobile app development and/or maintenance process is adequate to ensure a system will meet its objectives.
The key difference to remember is that QA is interested in the process whereas testing and quality control are interested in the product. Having a testing component in your development process demonstrates a higher degree of quality (as in QA).
Read more about the differences on Geeks with Blogs:
- Smoke & sanity testing
- Verification and validation
- QA & QC
You'll find more links to QA & testing FAQs and interview questions in the original post.
(This is a re-post of my article posted originally in my blog).