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.
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?
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.”
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.
There’s no substitute for skilled developers. They’re the powerhouse behind the product. The chief creation officers. They’re tasked with engineering your product’s architecture, coding the new features that will captivate your users and expanding the market reach of your organization. But, as humans are used to, developers also make mistakes in their pursuit of greatness.
The primary goal of every company is the same: deliver an exceptional product with the latest features, as fast as possible. CEOs and QA Managers strive to achieve this goal by staffing their QA teams with expert engineers. But what happens when the release cycle slows down or the in-house team lacks necessary domain knowledge?
The nature of outsourced QA requires that team managers, both onsite and offshore, work diligently to close the distance gap. Onsite team members must communicate openly with offshore managers to ensure that any critical issues are resolved quickly and that the final product meets an organization's standards. To collaborate most effectively, QA management teams must possess impeccable project management skills.
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.