Definition: Quality Assurance (QA), more fully Software Quality Assurance (SQA), is a set of policies applied to every stage of the software engineering process that are meant to ensure high-quality production methods. Quality assurance is in place to ensure that all updates, product launches, and patches are rolled out to exact standards and with no service disruption.
SQA is distinguished from Software Quality Control (SQC) in that the former concerns implementation of production methods that tend toward a resultant quality product while the latter refers to an actual end-of-the-line inspection of the products themselves.
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QA is generally conducted by establishing protocols that aim at conforming software products to any one of numerous preexisting standards/models, the ones most commonly adhered to being:
Both manufacturing and maintenance aspects of QA processes are continually honed and adjusted by software development corporations to more efficiently and more completely meet all specifications involved in their chosen standard/model. To accomplish this goal, QA experts minutely define and rigorously enforce QA processes. They then probe for systemic weaknesses and implementation failures and correct them. Production staff training and randomized auditing are also important tools utilized in QA.
Some areas covered by QA in most QA programs include: