Since there are a lot of tasks that QA teams tackle, increasing QA productivity can help successfully drive a company’s revenue growth. Here are 6 ways to increase productivity within your QA testing team:
Without high-quality defect tracking tools, monitoring software bugs is impossible. No engineer can track each and every defect in his or her head, nor with a single spreadsheet. Bug tracking allows teams to focus on priority issues that directly affect the quality of the software, and communicate about them more effectively.
Collaboration applications often feature third-party integrations that allow for a simpler, faster user experience. These types of integrations are carried out using APIs, which require extensive testing to ensure proper function with the collaboration application. Successful integrations that streamline access and usage will help you remain competitive within the collaborative space and expand your customer base, but they must be tested. Consider these 3 API testing focus areas specific to collaboration-type applications:
Teamwork is the name of the game with cloud-based collaboration applications. These products help unite distributed teams, streamline file sharing, maximize cloud storage, and much more. Collaboration products are designed with a large, diverse user base in mind. To ensure that a versatile, high-quality product is released, specific QA services suited for cloud collaboration companies should be considered.
In an Agile environment, development and QA testing services are tightly woven, resulting in an efficient testing process and ultimately, a high-quality product. A good test case is the foundation of this “hand-in-hand” relationship. To create a test case, the objectives of the product are translated into test conditions. These conditions describe an input, action, or event, along with an expected response or output. If this expected output is achieved, the test case has verified the proper function of the product.
A quality product is essential to the continued growth of a company, and the CEO and executive team take both quality and growth very seriously. Ensuring a quality product is the primary role of the engineering organization. The CEO depends on concise reporting from this team to inform the important decisions they will have to make regarding test resources and release schedules. The main goal of QA reporting is to educate the CEO’s business decisions and enable risk management on a broader scale.
Today, software engineering is defined by speed. As companies strive to achieve weekly, or even daily, releases, QA and development teams must combine their efforts to deliver a high-quality product on schedule. This is not always easy, as both teams contribute differently to the project. Developers are concerned with developing and delivering the product on time, and QA engineers are tasked with testing and ensuring its quality. Oftentimes, these teams are completely separate units. With proper coaching and guidance, you can unite both teams in pursuit of a common goal: a solid product release that meets customer requirements.
Over the years we have been asked, and have answered, nearly every possible question about QA. The one recurring question that no one can answer clearly is, “What is the right mix of QA engineers to development engineers?” We admit it: we don’t have a firm answer, either. The ideal ratio of QA to dev depends on several key factors, each of which may change on a project-to-project basis. For this reason, we recommend starting with a small team and scaling up or down as needed.
Our clients tell us they paid a lot of attention to company culture when they were comparing offshore QA companies. They were convinced, based on prior experience, that culture is the critical difference in companies that integrate successfully with the development team and consistently find critical bugs. No amount of tools, methodologies, nor bug reporting processes can overcome a weak company culture when outsourcing QA. Nor can these resources contribute as significantly as company culture to the motivation of the QA engineers doing the work.