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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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Webinar: Managers, Future Proof Your Automation

Many automated test scripts fail because of flaky tests, false positives or poor code. As a result, many companies are consistently updating their test scripts and having difficulty automating new features.

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Meetup: The 3 Pillars Approach to Agile Testing Strategy

QASource sponsors the East Bay Agilistry & QA Meetup Group. The goal of the meetup group is to create a community where software engineers and developers can meet once a month to learn new skills, build on current skill sets as well as network with other business professionals.

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Mobile QA Update: Q4-2016

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5 Must-Haves for Every Software Testing Services Provider

The future of your product is in the hands of many people: your engineers, your business analysts, and your senior leaders. But it’s also in the hands of another group of people that may be overlooked. Who are those people? Your QA team! QA engineers are tasked with ensuring the quality of the product. They’re the last line of defense between the bugs that can run your product (and business reputation) into the ground and your users.

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Should a Software Testing Company Be Part of Your Agile Team?

Agile QA, Test Automation | By Brandon Getty | January 4, 2017

Short answer: yes, definitely. The Agile method is quickly becoming the preferred way of working at today’s most successful product companies. Agile teams are, by their nature, cross-functional. They’re composed of technical team members, such as developers, as well as non-technical folks, such as business analysts. Together, these teams have the combined knowledge and skill required to produce an exceptional product. They share their achievements and progress with each other, anticipate any potential roadblocks, and plan accordingly to help deliver a high-quality product.

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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.