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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.

Can You Outsource QA Architecture?

Back in the day, outsourcing was implemented purely as a cost-cutting measure. Organizations would assess which services were vital enough to be kept in-house, and farm out the rest to outside vendors. The work got done, but often, it just wasn’t up to par with what an onsite team could have accomplished. Reasons for this varied -- poor onboarding, insufficient communication, lack of familiarity with the product -- the list goes on.

Quality: The Achilles' Heel for Startups

Startup QA | By Amanda Sturdevant | February 12, 2018

It’s no secret that speed to market is vital to the success of a startup. Not only does it get the product out the door and to customers, but velocity and full pipelines also please venture capitalists and other investors who provide funding for a startup’s runway.

Defeat the "Speed vs Quality" Dilemma with Continuous Integration (Infographic)

If there’s one thing startups know all too well, it’s that speed to market is crucial to a company’s success. However, customers today are increasingly unwilling to put up with faulty products and buggy apps, so developers cannot afford not to test. So how can an organization choose which to invest in, speed or quality?

6 Common Misconceptions about Startup QA

Startup QA | By Amanda Sturdevant | April 5, 2017

All companies, whether they are a startup or an established company, should invest in some form of testing. Since QA engineers are trained in destructive engineering practices, investing in testing allows companies to be aware of the risks up front and get the right coverage. Everyone has their own opinion of what QA for a startup should look like, however, and the amount of differing opinions gives rise to many misconceptions. Here we’re clearing up 6 of the most common misconceptions about startup QA.

What Functions Should Startups be Outsourcing?

One of the main challenges startups face is accomplishing critical functions when there isn't enough money, resources or time to staff properly. While it's inevitable that members of a startup wear some different hats, there comes a point when it's unsustainable to continue doing this at every level if the organization wants to grow. It makes more sense to outsource. But which functions does it make sense to contract out? Let's look at 5 areas.

7 Myths About Outsourcing Your Startup QA

Outsourcing QA has become a popular option for many organizations, particularly for startups, but there is still much confusion around how effective and efficient it can be. Let’s dispel 7 of these common myths about outsourcing QA for startups!

When Does it Make Sense For You to Invest in Startup QA?

qa testing, Startup QA | By Amanda Sturdevant | March 15, 2017

It’s imperative that startups move with speed in releasing new products and features to get them into customers’ hands. Most startups allocate a significant amount of funding and resources for development in order to accomplish this; likewise, many startups don’t set aside enough for QA. However, there usually comes a tipping point when it becomes necessary to really invest in QA. Let’s examine 4 scenarios that might motivate you to invest in QA.

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