Ensuring the safety and integrity of enterprise data and networks is a lot more complicated than it used to be. With cyber attacks making headlines on a near-daily basis and malicious hackers getting smarter by the day, the security programs of yesterday just can’t cut it. There’s a growing consensus that a security strategy focused only on hardware, software, and policy-setting isn’t enough. For a fully comprehensive security program to be maintained, companies need to be vigilant in many different ways.
As companies work to release new features and focus on marketing strategy, QA testing might fall a few spots on the priority list. But overlooking QA can negatively affect the product in many ways. Post-release bugs, security vulnerabilities and poor UX are just several consequences of bad testing. A consistently poor product can lead to lost customers, bad PR and a drop in revenue.
When companies are trying to run lean - increase efficiency and cut costs - they look for every opportunity to optimize the way teams work and produce. Though IT services have been outsourced for decades, many companies are still skeptical about outsourcing their QA services. Many decision makers still think of outsourced QA as “throwing it over the wall,” with limited interaction and collaboration between teams and deliverables that may or may not come back per the requirements.
But there are plenty of reasons to believe in QA outsourcing. It helps product companies deliver high-quality products without breaking the budget, allows larger teams to scale resources up or down as needed, and frees up development teams to focus on value-adding features. (Click to tweet)
Today’s QA world is fueled by two key forces: the growing expectations of product companies and the competition between the testing providers. Every day, CTOs and dev managers are pushing their teams to break new ground, and they’re looking for QA resources that can match their enthusiasm and passion for innovation. Most product companies are looking for a testing services provider that feels right at home on the cutting edge. With the urgency to innovate being one of the driving forces in the industry, the QA world can expect major things in 2018 and beyond.
The Agile method is a development methodology that depends on fast iteration and close collaboration among dev and QA teams. Historically, people have viewed outsourced QA as incompatible with Agile, emphasizing the misconception that teams need to be under the same roof in order to effectively communicate and reach alignment on project requirements. This view is drawn straight from the Agile manifesto: “The most efficient and effective method of conveying information to and within a development team is a face-to-face conversation.”
But with advances in technology come great shifts in thinking, and people are realizing that dev and QA need not be housed in the same building — much less the same country or continent.
Product companies have it hard these days. From established organizations to scrappy startups, everyone’s focused on trimming the fat and running lean. This puts the onus on Dev and QA managers to deliver innovative, high-quality products using a constricted budget and limited resources. In turn, today’s recruiting process is about getting a lot of bang for a little buck.