As the saying goes, “You cannot control what you cannot measure.” In the software testing world control is the key to success, so the ability to clearly measure tests and track results effectively is essential. Historically, the results of automation have only been discussed generally and vaguely: is it helping the team? Is it helping the managers? Is it improving the quality of the product?
Ask any product manager or QA lead what the most valuable tool is in their quiver. Chances are good that they’ll say the name of a well-known test automation tool. Acquiring a powerful automation tool is great, but working with a QA provider that knows the tool well and can fully leverage it for best results is a true gamechanger.
Product companies who balked at QA outsourcing in the past are now running to it with open arms. Rapid release schedules along with high overhead costs have QA Managers and CTOs searching for a solution that is affordable, not cheap. Enter outsourcing!
Opening up your product to a skilled, dedicated offshore team comes with too many advantages to list here, but rest assured -- there are many. But the one aspect of outsourcing that many still worry about is communication. How can you be sure that your QA partner will communicate with you promptly, clearly and without any technical hang-ups?
Though QA is very closely linked to programming and software development, it is a separate industry with its own distinct culture and thought leaders. There are plenty of online resources for expanding your testing skills, but where does one turn for more candid, personal perspectives from within the QA world? The blogosphere, of course!
Whether you’re a Director of QA trying to keep up with the latest testing trends or a budding test engineer looking for relevant leisure reading, this list of QA blogs will keep you occupied and informed.
In the Bay Area and Silicon Valley there is unparalleled growth of new tech and startup culture. With so many companies focused on innovating in their markets, where do they find time to test their product and ensure that it meets quality standards? Usually, they don’t -- a third-party testing provider finds the time for them.
For product companies, there’s never been a better time to be in the market for QA. Similarly, there’s never been a better time to be a QA engineer. Companies are releasing high-value products that shape the way users engage with the world, and they need high-caliber testing to protect customer experience, stakeholders and their market share.
Effective QA is not made or broken by any one thing. Rather, it’s a combination of all the right stuff: knowledge transfer, skilled engineers, great team culture, and the appropriate testing methodologies. When all of the checkboxes are marked, the result is a successful project and a stronger product that’s ready for market.
There’s a lot of talk on the streets about automation. But trust us when we say it’s more than just a hot buzzword. In fact, test automation is one of the most effective solutions you can adopt as a growing product company. Speeding up slow, time-consuming manual testing is one of the biggest value propositions for automation -- but what are some of the other reasons why so many of your colleagues (and competitors) are buying into it?
When your QA team is in-house, you’ve got several things going for you. First, the team is already familiar with the product and the company culture. Second, communication between the dev and QA teams is simple -- a test engineer just walks down the hall to find a developer, and vice versa. Though these are undeniably valuable benefits of having QA under the same roof as dev, experienced testing partners help bridge the gap between onsite and outsourced teams with a project kick-off meeting and several important QA processes.
Good question! But unfortunately, choosing the perfect test automation tool has little to do with playing favorites and everything to do with requirements and the various parameters you’ve set for your project. In terms of language, the closest we’ll get to “favorite” is “most widely applicable” or “commonly used”.