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Let's start with the most important one. Money. There's no denying the appeal of a cost-saving solution, and outsourcing your QA function is no different. Hiring qualified and experienced testers to join your team in-house can be a costly adventure. One where the benefits often don't outweigh the costs. By the time you hire a new tester with adequate skills and experience, invest time in training them, and integrating them into the team, the new hire can easily have already cost you over $100k. A serious benefit of outsourcing QA testing, is that iTech QA Labs, for example, run the majority of their testing from India and Bulgaria. This allows the labor costs to be lower, while keeping the entire process fully integrated and aligned with our Australian management.
When you're under pressure to hit a project deadline, chances are you're going to be excessively busy ensuring that project is completed on time. It's often this kind of time pressure that results in QA falling down the list of priorities. The consequence, of course, is a poor quality product that no one wants. When it comes to testing your app or software, calling in a specialized outsourced team of testers to fully handle that aspect of your project feels like a godsend, and allows you to focus your time on everything else. Make sure you reach out for help as soon as possible through – the longer you wait to bring testing into your project's timeline, the longer it will take, and the more the developers will likely need to fix. See pages 8-9 of our eBook, 'Software Testing: How to avoid it all going wrong' for more info on when to test.
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Imagine this scenario for a second: You've got a team of developers and a few testers working on a new app. As development continues, the app ends up becoming more complex than originally planned for. Although part of the testing has been automated, your testers are overrun with work. What do you do? You've got a deadline to hit, limited budget left, and no available staff. iTech QA Labs can assign certain testers to work as if they are part of your team, but work remotely. Problem solved.
The most important is this one. With the increased popularity of the DevOps approach to QA, more and more internal teams are being built with the objective of integrating the development and testing of a product as one shared function. The obvious danger with this, is that if you're designing a product, you are nowhere near in an objective enough position to pick up on all the bugs and faults embedded in your coding. Having internal testers examine the coding done by their colleagues presents a similar, but not quite as severe bias. Having all code tested by external, independent testers ensures that it's seen from experienced but fresh eyes. Eyes that are tuned in to see all possible bugs, rather than tuned in to see a perfect product.
A huge benefit of outsourcing your QA function to an external company, is that the testers that end up checking your code have years of experience with a variety of different types of software and methods of testing. They will have a lot more flexibility in terms of the way they test, and the tools they have access to. This allows them to perform incredibly thorough testing on your software, leaving you with a product you can be proud of.
Quality control inspectors typically do the following:
Monitor operations to ensure that they meet production standards
Recommend adjustments to the assembly or production process
Inspect, test, or measure materials or products being produced
Measure products with rulers, calipers, gauges, or micrometers
Accept or reject finished items
Remove all products and materials that fail to meet specifications
Discuss inspection results with those responsible for products
Report inspection and test data
Quality control inspectors, for example, ensure that the food or medicine you take will not make you sick, that your car will run properly, and that your pants will not split the first time you wear them. These workers monitor quality standards for nearly all manufactured products, including foods, textiles, clothing, glassware, motor vehicles, electronic components, computers, and structural steel. Specific job duties vary across the wide range of industries in which these inspectors work.
Quality control workers rely on a number of tools to do their jobs. Although some still use hand-held measurement devices, such as calipers and alignment gauges, workers more commonly operate electronic inspection equipment, such as coordinate-measuring machines (CMMs). Inspectors testing electrical devices may use voltmeters, ammeters, and ohmmeters to test the potential difference, current flow, and resistance, respectively.
Quality control workers record the results of their inspections through test reports. When they find defects, inspectors notify supervisors and help to analyze and correct production problems.
There is often a divide on whether keeping QA in-house or outsourcing it is the more beneficial option. We've compiled a top 5 list of the reasons QA outsourcing is the smarter, more efficient option6: