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QASource's Advanced Technology Group Monthly Update: October 2015

Each month, our Advanced Technology group evaluates the latest QA testing tools and we help pass on their findings to you. In this month's update, we provide a brief overview of new tools, including Helium and WHITE. We also cover current best practices and the latest industry updates. Look for our update each month to stay in the loop with technology standards and help boost your team's productivity!

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4 Common QA Pain Points and Their Solutions

In last week's blog post, we familiarized you with ten symptoms of ineffective and inefficient QA. Most of the issues stem from four common QA pain points within the testing process: communication, documentation, project management, and user requirements. Left unresolved, these issues can fester and become systemic in your test approach. Fortunately, there are direct remedies for most of them. 

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QASource's Advanced Technology Group Monthly Update: September 2015

Each month, our Advanced Technology group evaluates the latest QA testing tools and we help pass on their findings to you. In this month's update, we provide a brief overview of new tools, including TestingWhiz, Gatling, and LDTP, along with some key QA industry updates. Look for our update each month to stay in the loop with technology standards and help boost your team's productivity!

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Smoothing Your Transition to Agile QA

Agile QA methodology was developed to help engineers meet deadlines, reduce documentation time, and reduce release cycle time. It enables QA engineers to deliver high business value in the shortest time possible, effectively resolving these issues. But with a new approach comes a new set of challenges. As you transition to the Agile method, your QA team will have to assimilate an entirely new work culture and adapt to a new set of tools.

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Leveraging Streaming Media for Outsourced QA

 Unlike downloaded media, which is saved to the hard drive and then played back upon completion of data transfer, streaming media can be played before the entire file has been transmitted. Live streaming, or the delivery of real-time content over the Internet, is an excellent way to stay connected with your distributed workforce.

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Strategic Workforce Planning

Strategic workforce planning is all about establishing an outline of business strategy for the success of your onshore and offsite resources. This type of strategy can help you evaluate your current team, technological landscape, communication style, staffing and overall company culture. It can also help you manage and refine management practices based on which techniques work and where you need to improve. Planning this type of strategy can help bridge the gap between projected goals and actual results.

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Starting Formal Offshore QA

Starting a formal offshore QA engagement can be a daunting experience as you are trusting people thousands of miles away to ensure the quality of your product. Although every company has different guidelines, some practices, such as effective communication, are common throughout the industry. Our recommendations on how to start your formal QA outsourcing process are below.

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Financial Domain Testing: The Breakdown

QA testing is done in a variety of different industries including but not limited to technology QA, healthcare software testing, retail software testing, and financial domain testing. While QA principles are applied across all the industries, each domain has industry specific standards and guidelines. One of the most sought after domain is financial services. The breakdown of financial domain testing is listed below.

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Performance Metrics of your QA Team

Performance metrics are essential to either eliminate or remove the variations in the product or process. Using these measures, you can track the progress of your QA team over time and make executive decisions about future projects. Performance metrics allow you and your QA team to continuously learn and improve your processes.

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Offshore QA vs. Nearshore QA

Companies have many options when it comes to QA including onshore and outsourcing QA. To get the most out of a QA team, the goal is to weigh the pros and cons of each of these options and determine which formula is best for your company.

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QASource Blog, for executives and engineers, shares QA strategies, methodologies, and new ideas to inform and help effectively deliver quality products, websites, and applications.

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Our bloggers are the test management experts at QASource. They are executives, QA managers, team leads, and testing practitioners. Their combined experience exceeds 100 years and they know how to optimize QA efforts in a variety of industries, domains, tools, and technologies.

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