A new study by Applause revealed that software development productivity is increasingly impacted by testing demands and siloed processes.
Indeed, these findings showed that this affects negatively the speed at which brands release new features to their end-users as well as leads to more effort and time spent on fixing bugs.
However, the study stated that shifting testing left brings unique benefits, such as a reduction in the number of bugs released to end-users, cost savings, and features released and built faster.
Yet, many organizations still face challenges with their shift-left strategy. Indeed, the top two challenges to successfully shifting left are that developers are too busy coding and that development and QA efforts remain siloed. It was reported that 52% believed that the time developers spend on testing is impacting their productivity; while 44% think that their development teams spend a full workday every single week just testing new features.
Hence, the report showed that, in order to witness the full benefits of shifting left, the right processes and technology must be in place. Organizations must then shift their testing earlier in the SDLC and augments internal teams’ ability to test smaller chunks of code quickly and in an iterative model.