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.
When your QA team is in-house, you’ve got several things going for you. First, the team is already familiar with the product and the company culture. Second, communication between the dev and QA teams is simple -- a test engineer just walks down the hall to find a developer, and vice versa. Though these are undeniably valuable benefits of having QA under the same roof as dev, experienced testing partners help bridge the gap between onsite and outsourced teams with a project kick-off meeting and several important QA processes.
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?
Good QA culture results in strong, confident teams, and powerful teams produce exceptional products. Typically, the task of building great culture belongs to the QA Team Manager, but each member of your software QA team is responsible for participating in and contributing to this culture. By emphasizing the importance of communication across team boundaries and empowering the individual engineers that make up these teams, you'll create a work environment conducive to excellent performance and progress.
What is the secret to a successful QA team? According to a recent poll conducted by QASource, the answer is simple: metrics. Implementing an established list of metrics is like holding up a mirror to your team of engineers – it shows an impartial account of the strengths and weaknesses, allowing you to assess your team balance and testing approach objectively. They are necessary in recognizing and eliminating variations in your organization's product or testing process.
As QA engineers gain greater domain experience and testing tools improve, automation testing is becoming a go-to choice for many organizations. Implementing automation is easier and more affordable than ever before, thanks to the abundance of open source tools and experienced engineers. The advantages of automation testing have been made clear, but several key questions still linger in the minds of those planning to automate in the near future.
Gone are the days where a QA engineer could test effectively with only basic technical skills. In today's fast paced tech landscape, companies seek out teams with specialized, domain-specific knowledge when working with a QA partner. Whether your product serves the legal, financial, CRM, social media, healthcare, or manufacturing space, having a team that knows the intricacies of your domain ensures that your users are satisfied.