QA and the NoOps model

Probably, traditional IT operations are not feeling optimistic about something denominated NoOps (No operations), but it looks like some companies are migrating to the NoOps model more and more. Let’s be honest Developers want to release software more frequently. DevOps oversimplified is a term to describe a set of practices to get Developers and operations pros to work together.

So what is NoOps? The goal of NoOps is to improve the process of deploying applications; it sounds familiar from the DevOps approach; still, NoOps means that application Developers will never have to interact with an operation professional. The main idea that the software environment can be so wholly automated that there’s no need for an operations team to manage it.


It sounds interesting, so why not skip DevOps and go directly to NoOps? For starters, NoOps is limited to applications that fit into existing PaaS solutions. Several enterprises still have monolithic legacy applications that would require extensive upgrades or total rewrites to work in a PaaS environment.

“The key to following the continuous delivery path is to continually question your own assumptions about what’s possible.”

Jeff Sussna

Moreover, new technologies that have no proper NoOps solution will emerge. As some claim, NoOps is the next level of DevOps, and we should use DevOps principles and methods to build NoOps into all new products.

Quality fitting NoOps

We wanted to ensure that what the team was deploying each day remained the same quality as our in-production software. We must make whatever code we are testing work in our internal environment, which mirrors our production environment.

Teams add self-diagnostic and self-healing strategies into their code and define how to monitor and alert in case of failure.

Embrace the failure; the main idea here is to reduce the failures; we need to monitor and implement the proper mechanism to minimize them. When we talk about embrace failure is to understand our product and reduce the impact on our customers.

Automation tools can help to push out changes with a safety net and minor functional verifications. Remember, Test Automation can help to expedite Testing activities, but it could not replace exploratory Testing. Another essential aspect of Test Automation is selecting the right Testing tool or the proper Test framework. Once you know what to test and which areas to automate, it becomes a lot easier to figure out which tools to use and how to implement them into your workflow.

Remember, continuous feedback is the primary goal to reduce business risk and potential outages. We need to conceive Continuous Testing as a constant process flow embracing all Testing forms (We must Not exclude Exploratory Testing, Performance / Load Testing, and Security Testing). Continuous Testing is a crucial part of NoOps and DevOps.

Quality Assurance is a crucial part of the NoOps model as we need to embrace failure and recover faster without an operation team.

credits: Enrique A Decoss

Final Thoughts

Going to a NoOps model isn’t easy; it can be painful, but everyone needs to understand why you’re doing it and the benefits you’ll gain. NoOps model helps many organizations remove roadblocks and enable them to move faster, grow quicker, and ensure we’re serving our customers the best way we can.

While a DevOps culture may seem like a logical improvement for organizations looking to move quicker, if you’re going to make a try to move in that way, I encourage you to look closer at NoOps.

Be successful

“To successfully implement any new software, you need to change the culture of how an entire organization views software testing efforts; the goal is putting valuable software in the hands of users.”


Accelerating Software Quality, Eran Kinsbruner

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