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Software Test Management Solutions: How a QA Partner Can Help You Manage Your QA Testing

Partnership is the combination of skills and experience toward a common goal. It is the shared belief in and responsibility for a product. It is a trust that if you do your best and I do mine, we can create something unique and worthwhile.

When you engage a QA partner to share the responsibility of your software project, you get to experience all those warm sentiments of cooperation and trust. But you also get to strengthen your own development engine with the skills and experience of expert testers.

Expert Software Quality Management from Day One

Time is the one resource you cannot replenish or write-off. It is unstoppable and unforgiving. It is also a crucial element in the successful delivery of any software development project.

Outsourcing your software quality management makes time an ally.

An experienced QA expert can find efficiencies at every stage of the testing process, from initial planning through to delivery. They can scale up capacity quickly, identify where and when to apply automation, unlock the advantages of Agile development and early bug detection and create a 24-hour cycle of continuous testing and product improvement.

Elevate Test Management Software with an Outsourced QA Partner

Enjoying the advantages of offshore QA solutions should not mean you have to compromise your software development best practices. QA is a critical component of your SDLC, but it is not the only component that is important to integrate with your current development cycle. Similarly, while your QA team may be able to guide and optimize your testing requirements, they are not the sole stakeholders in your product’s success. Within this collaborative effort, your test management system aligns QA with other departments of SDLC.

So, do not feel the need to give up your test management software of choice in order to access offshore QA testing and its attendant time, cost and quality efficiencies.

Best Practices for Successful Offshore Agile QA

The world today is highly connected through the internet and social media, we are able to stay connected, even if we are thousands of miles away from each other! Our interconnected way of life is not just for social media, it has reached into other aspects of life. This has opened the door for offshore teams-for companies to have teams located in different countries. As amazing as this is, software companies faced some difficulty. In order to meet these obstacles head-on, the Agile methodology was created.

Many top software companies have adopted the Agile methodology because adopting the Agile methodology into an organization yield many rewards. Some of these include higher satisfaction because of more frequent releases, more development time for iterations, the QA team receives access to the software earlier than usual, critical bugs are caught early in the project and stakeholders receive higher visibility.

How to Solve 4 Prevalent Outsourcing QA Pain Points (Infographic)

Outsourcing QA has proven to be highly beneficial for the software industry. When companies partner with an outsourced testing provider, they can save money, produce higher quality software and have access to expert QA engineers with hard-to-find skill sets. As with any endeavor, outsourcing also has its challenges. Some of these challenges, or 'pain points,' are more common than others. QASource's engineers have gathered the most common challenges software companies face and have shared methods to overcome these obstacles. 

Check out QASource’s latest infographic below to read our expert engineer's tips on how to solve the 4 most prevalent pain points of outsourcing QA: 

How a QA Partnership Compares to Ad-hoc Software Testing

QA Outsourcing Management | By Brandon Getty | November 21, 2018

As helpful as it would be to have a one-size-fits-all approach to software testing, there simply isn’t one-and there probably never will be. Why is that, you ask? The answer is deceptively simple: every product and product team is different. Needs vary greatly from company to company and industry to industry, making it tough to prescribe a set, uniform testing approach. For some companies, a long-term partnership with a dedicated QA team is the right choice. For others, on-demand, ad-hoc testing will suffice.

With so many factors affecting your decision to find a QA partner or just stick with ad-hoc testing, how do you make the choice? The best place to start is understanding the key differences between the two approaches.

Unique Benefits of Nearshore QA in Mexico

By now, most product companies are familiar with the benefits of outsourced QA, the biggest one being the lower cost for a potentially higher headcount. Some are even familiar with the big advantages that come with outsourcing to places like India: the culture of leadership in IT, the experience of many of the engineers, and the time difference that allows Indian teams to test while U.S. teams sleep are just a few.

3 Pieces of Advice from a Startup QA Expert

Startups are defined by speed and scrappiness. Think breakneck time to market, lean teams that push the limit of what can be done in a day, and releases that prioritize big, innovative leaps over more gradual, iterative perfection. The people who work at these companies value this pace-the lifestyle is part of the draw, and it’s why so many budding startups staff up so quickly with accomplished, credentialed rockstars.

Looking Ahead: Facial Recognition Technology and QA Services

The world of data security is changing rapidly - so rapidly that it can be hard to keep track of all the authentication methods that see wide usage and adoption from product companies. Currently, there are three main categories for security solutions. First, what we know: Your standard alphanumeric passwords and security questions. Second, what we carry: Hand-held items like key cards and ID badges. And third, what we are: Unique bodily identifiers that are nearly impossible to replicate.

We’re all familiar with choosing super-strong passwords and clipping an ID badge on our belt loop before leaving the house. But in general, biometric authentication is still a relatively new category in the security space.

3 Third-Party Integration Challenges and How to Overcome Them

Ideally, your collaboration product delivers efficiency, productivity, and flexibility to its users. By integrating relevant third-party applications, such as single sign-on capability, social media sharing features, customer relationship management, and document editors, you can add considerable value to your product and greatly improve the user’s experience. Thorough QA services ensure that your integrations work as expected and do not affect the existing functionalities of your product.

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