The future of your product is in the hands of many people: your engineers, your business analysts, and your senior leaders. But it’s also in the hands of another group of people that may be overlooked. Who are those people? Your QA team! QA engineers are tasked with ensuring the quality of the product. They’re the last line of defense between the bugs that can run your product (and business reputation) into the ground and your users.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Cloud-based testing applications use shared resources that are allocated dynamically to create flexible environments that simulate user scenarios and real-world traffic. Easy access to the cloud environment helps organizations approach software testing as an easily scalable, on-demand service. It frees up resources to be used in other areas of your project while providing high-quality results. However, the cloud is not without its drawbacks. Though cloud-based testing offers advantages, there are also counterpoints to consider before adopting it as a part of your QA approach.
To match the pace of an ever-expanding market, many organizations are transitioning to the Agile method for project management. The same is true within the QA industry, and at QASource we've become quick experts of Agile processes. What separates the Agile approach from other methods of working, such as the Waterfall model? Agile is defined by collaboration, iteration, and rapid and repeatable delivery schedules. Adopting these new processes can be challenging at first, so in this blog post, we'll be reviewing a few helpful tips for getting your QA team up to speed.