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6 Ways to Increase Productivity of Your QA Team

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Since there are a lot of tasks that QA teams tackle, increasing QA productivity can help successfully drive a company’s revenue growth. Here are 6 ways to increase productivity within your QA testing team:

  1. Automate/integrate tasks
    There are many routine tasks that take up time from every QA team such as build deployment, regression tests, and test case management integration. Automating these tasks can be extremely productive because it gives the team time to invest on other highly specialized tasks for business and application development.
  2. Proactively supply necessary information
    QA teams generally require certain pieces of information which are crucial for the success of a project. Erratic flow of information can hinder productivity and cause a delay in deadlines. An easy way to ensure all the proper information is available is to make sure all design specifications and other related documents are in a common accessible location for the team.
  3. Use effective communication tools
    Chat tools help team members spend more time on an application rather than emailing developers, IT engineers or other stake holders for trivial issues or questions. Using effective communication tools can speed up and simplify communication between QA testers and other teams throughout the company.
  4. Review and audit processes
    Regular review of projects helps boost QA productivity. These reviews will help identify bottlenecks encountered by the team, allow appropriate planning for future goals, and assess if the team is meeting project goals and deadlines. Using quantitative parameters to measure progress can help the team visualize progress, successes and shortcomings. A data driven approach will help the team plan for future projects as well. Check out one of our other posts to learn more about tips for effective QA reporting.
  5. Enhance troubleshooting skills
    Every QA engineer should be able to troubleshoot quickly and independently. Focusing on quick troubleshooting rather than devoting time in drafting and reporting issues can significantly increase QA productivity and enable extra value from your QA team. Maintaining a common knowledgebase for troubleshooting tips and continuously adding to it will keep a database as a reference for future issues.
  6. Outsource
    It is important for tasks and challenges to match the skills and expertise of your engineers. However, many QA projects may include tasks and assignments that may be new to the in-house team or require extra skillsets that the in-house team does not have. This is where an outsourced QA partnership can benefit QA productivity. Finding a professional partner who is specialized in handling these tasks and challenges, allows your team to focus on in-house development in a more efficient and productive manner.
In a nutshell, making these small improvements can significantly impact the effectiveness of your team, which will ultimately lead to the success of an overall project.

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