Shift Left: Understanding this new approach

In an ever-accelerating software development landscape, the search for innovation and efficiency is currently a reality around the world. In this context, one strategy has stood out for its ability to anticipate issues and vulnerabilities before they threaten the successful completion of a project: Shift Left.

The Shift Left strategy is becoming more and more common among companies, but what exactly is this concept?

 

What is Shift Left?

 

         Shift Left is much more than a simple change of position. It represents a proactive approach that integrates testing, security assessments and other quality practices early in the software development cycle. Traditionally, these activities have been left to the end, resulting in rework, high costs and delayed releases. Shift Left, on the other hand, focuses on prevention, enabling teams to identify and fix problems at the beginning of the project.

The idea is simple: identify and fix problems, whether bugs, security vulnerabilities or other defects, as early as possible in the development process, which reduces costs and increases project efficiency.

 

Why use the Shift Left method?

 

Adopting Shift Left brings profound changes. Firstly, it enables early detection of defects, which are easier to fix in the early stages. In addition, by integrating testing from the outset, it drives a culture of quality and safety for the entire development team, not just the responsibility of the quality team.

 

Using the Shift Left method has several advantages:

 

Early detection and savings: Identifying defects early in the development cycle is significantly cheaper and less labor-intensive than fixing them later. This saves time, resources, and reduces stress for teams.

 

Continuous Improvement and Quality Culture: Shift Left promotes the integration of automated testing, continuous integration (CI) and continuous delivery (CD), creating an environment conducive to continuous improvement and excellence. This quality culture encompasses the entire team.

 

Collaboration and Communication: The approach encourages collaboration between developers and security experts. This open and frequent communication contributes to more innovative solutions and higher quality products.

 

Successful implementation of Shift Left

 

Using the Shift Left method is a change that requires not only new tools, but also a change in organizational culture.

Here are some tips for a successful implementation:

 

Invest in tools and technology: Use test automation tools and static code analysis to facilitate early detection of problems.

 

Education and training: Train your teams to understand the meaning and practices of Shift Left. A well-informed team is more likely to embrace this change.

 

Feedback culture: Create an environment where feedback is valued and encouraged. This will help to identify problems quickly and make continuous improvement.

 

Continuous monitoring: It’s not enough just to test at the beginning; it’s essential to monitor and test the software throughout its lifecycle.

 

Shift Left represents a proactive approach as opposed to reactive, traditionally seen in many development processes. By anticipating problems and vulnerabilities, teams not only avoid unnecessary costs and launch delays, but also build a solid foundation of trust with their users.

Security and quality are no longer seen as an afterthought, but as central elements of product development, reflecting a commitment to excellence.

Tuvis’ solutions have the ability to proactively identify risks, offer protection against compliance violations and be an allied tool within the shift left method. Book a free demo and protect your sensitive data and future projects.

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