One of the key challenges of working with an outsourced QA partner is aligning a new, offshore team with your product, procedures, and larger business objectives. Without the proper transfer of knowledge from the customer to the offshore team, engineers will be testing blindly. This leads to process slow-downs, inflated project budgets, and even lost contracts.
Almost 10 years have passed since the release of the first iPhone. Since that release, the mobile space has taken massive leaps and bounds. For many users, the phone is the end-all, be-all of connectivity and online experience -- they use it for everything, and then some. This dependency is great news for product companies, especially those who focus primarily on mobile applications.
Though most product companies are vigilant in protecting themselves and their product from security vulnerabilities, they often cut corners when it comes to other concerns, such as load testing, UI testing, and API testing. The consequences of this type of corner-cutting are not as drastic as the PR fallout that follows massive cyberattacks, but they are dangerous to company image nonetheless.
Most successful product companies know by now that QA testing is a great investment. It ensures that the product is functionally sound, built to user expectations, and ready for adoption by a large, demanding market. But many companies still struggle with prioritization of the testing they actually need. This is particularly true of companies who have grown very quickly, and are pursuing a QA vendor to meet the expansion of their dev team.
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.