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”.
By now it’s common knowledge that QA is an essential part of the software development lifecycle. But when the need for expanded testing arises, many companies still debate about whether to train their in-house engineers or outsource those services. Like so many other problems in the software development and testing industry, there is no clear solution. The only real answer is, “It depends.”
Agile processes have been adopted by most software testing companies to keep up with rapid release schedules and customer demand. Gone are the days of slow but big results under the waterfall model -- Agile requires dev and testing teams to work hand-in-hand to produce fresh, fast results on a weekly basis.
There’s no way that this approach is working without a significant of automated testing in place, so let’s make that first on the list.
Think fast! How much are repetitive manual tests costing you by the hour? By the day, week and year? Probably a lot. Certain manual testing techniques have their place in the software development lifecycle. But overall, automation is winning the day. A well-designed automation framework can boost your team’s productivity, help you release at lightning speed and, best of all, cut a big chunk off of your testing budget.
Why do most product companies hire a QA partner? The details vary, but the main reason is this: it’s a great insurance policy. Testing ensures that your product meets your quality standards and is ready for use in the market. This protects your customer from a poor user experience and you from bad PR and revenue loss.
When it comes to selecting a dedicated QA partner the choices are plentiful. But selecting the partner that will be a perfect fit for your company, product and existing team takes research and deliberation. The right partner is responsible for much more than providing high-quality testing -- they create a sustainable testing infrastructure, learn the product as well (or better!) than the developers and serve as a true extension of your onsite team.