Software development is never easy. Gathering requirements, deciding on a methodology, locking down scope, working within a budget, and keeping the team focused and on track is extremely difficult in today’s ever-changing technical world. Because of issues like time constraints and budget, there are definite benefits to outsourcing your Quality Assurance. We will cover the major points below:
Always the first to have their time lines cut when in a crunch, QA technicians are never invited to lunch and are kicked more than a football in a rugby match. After all, who likes the guy who is tasked to break your stuff and find faults in you code? Quality Assurance in the development world is often the red-headed step child on a team full of OCD over-achievers. Despite this, besides the politics and team morale improvements, there's actually a good reason to outsource your QA.
Many software development teams will either have one dedicated QA person who is either terrified of the developers, or they have people in multiple roles that are coding or designing along with testing. Having a team of experienced dedicated testers with no stake in the game increases the amount of bugs found before sending code to clients. They are able to reduce defect leakage because they only care about ensuring functionality. V-Soft has a team of experienced, dedicated QA personnel who only care about improving software reliability.
Testers don’t like to break things; they like to dispel the illusion that things work.”
— Kaner, Bach, Pettichord
A company can cut testing cost drastically by using a team of dedicated developers that are skilled in creating automated test scripts. By using automated testing, you are guaranteed not to miss functional testing on already produced functionality, especially late in the development cycle. This in turn will decrease testing time and speed up delivery time to the client. V-Soft’s team of QA automation specialists can be increased or decreased as needed to take advantage of QA downtimes, ensuring maximum budget efficiency.
Decrease Development Time
Having dedicated testers who are plugged into the project from the start decreases development time by finding bugs earlier in the development cycle. Productivity is also increased by following test planning and documentation standards that help keep track of functional requirements, guaranteeing that nothing is lost from Business Analysis to Deployment.
Ensure Best Practices
You can be assured that hiring a team that is solely concerned with QA will follow measurable industry standards when it comes to testing your software. This doesn't mean that you shouldn't do your research on your QA team choice, however. The team you choose should have a list of tools and standards for testing services, such as:
- Security Penetration
- Mobile Apps
- Web Services
- Load and Performance Testing
V-Soft uses Certified QA personnel with domain-specific expertise in each of these categories to deliver a QA experience to our clients like none other.
About the Author
Barney Edwards is a Project Manager/Business Analyst at V-Soft Consulting's main headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky. He is responsible for being the liaison between developers and V-Soft's clients, as well as keeping projects on track. When he is not at work, Barney enjoys to playing guitar and read sci-fi and fantasy books.