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Mobile QA Update: Q1-2017

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Autocast: Q1 - 2017

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Quality: The Achilles' Heel for Startups

Startup QA | By Amanda Sturdevant | April 12, 2017

It’s no secret that speed to market is vital to the success of a startup. Not only does it get the product out the door and to customers, but velocity and full pipelines also please venture capitalists and other investors who provide funding for a startup’s runway.

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6 Common Misconceptions about Startup QA

Startup QA | By Amanda Sturdevant | April 5, 2017

All companies, whether they are a startup or an established company, should invest in some form of testing. Since QA engineers are trained in destructive engineering practices, investing in testing allows companies to be aware of the risks up front and get the right coverage. Everyone has their own opinion of what QA for a startup should look like, however, and the amount of differing opinions gives rise to many misconceptions. Here we’re clearing up 6 of the most common misconceptions about startup QA.

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What Functions Should Startups be Outsourcing?

One of the main challenges startups face is accomplishing critical functions when there isn't enough money, resources or time to staff properly. While it's inevitable that members of a startup wear some different hats, there comes a point when it's unsustainable to continue doing this at every level if the organization wants to grow. It makes more sense to outsource. But which functions does it make sense to contract out? Let's look at 5 areas.

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7 Myths About Outsourcing Your Startup QA

Outsourcing QA has become a popular option for many organizations, particularly for startups, but there is still much confusion around how effective and efficient it can be. Let’s dispel 7 of these common myths about outsourcing QA for startups!

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When Does it Make Sense For You to Invest in Startup QA?

qa testing, Startup QA | By Amanda Sturdevant | March 15, 2017

It’s imperative that startups move with speed in releasing new products and features to get them into customers’ hands. Most startups allocate a significant amount of funding and resources for development in order to accomplish this; likewise, many startups don’t set aside enough for QA. However, there usually comes a tipping point when it becomes necessary to really invest in QA. Let’s examine 4 scenarios that might motivate you to invest in QA.

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PerfCast Q4 - 2016

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Why Your Software QA Company Uses the Offshore Onsite Model

Offshore QA, Agile QA | By Brandon Getty | February 15, 2017

For many U.S.-based software product companies, outsourcing is a cost-effective way to retain top talent at an affordable rate. The IT sector is booming in places like India, Mexico, and South America, and companies that aren’t quite ready to hire on an in-house QA team often meet their needs with an offshore provider. Inevitably, challenges arise. How do the teams stay in communication? How does the outsourced QA team learn the company, product, and working culture? In short, how do we make this arrangement work?

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QASource’s Favorite Metrics for QA Services

What happens when you can’t accurately measure the cost, effectiveness, and progress of a software testing project? A lot of less-than-ideal things. Projects can balloon in cost, creep in scope, fall in quality, or run on for what seems like forever. Without defined metrics attached to each QA project, they can get out of control -- and this scenario is a nightmare for both the product company and their team and the testing provider and their engineers.

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QASource Blog, for executives and engineers, shares QA strategies, methodologies, and new ideas to inform and help effectively deliver quality products, websites, and applications.

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Our bloggers are the test management experts at QASource. They are executives, QA managers, team leads, and testing practitioners. Their combined experience exceeds 100 years and they know how to optimize QA efforts in a variety of industries, domains, tools, and technologies.