There will be a time when you wonder, “When should I outsource quality assurance for my software, websites, or mobile aps?” It’s a great question as there are times when outsourcing QA makes good sense and there are times when it doesn’t. Let’s look at a couple problems where outsourced quality assurance may or may not help you.
Running Late. Is Now the Time for Outsource Quality Assurance?
You’re running late on delivering your project and testing is always the last gate to clear.
You’re responsible for the quality of your software. When
there are problems, it’s *your* phone that rings. You have a bunch of new
features and several bug fixes that are almost ready for release. You just need
to get the new features tested (again) and a full regression test suite run to
make sure those old bugs got fixed and that there aren’t any new ones. It’s
just you and one tester and the pressure is mounting to get the new software
released to your customers.
Do you …
A – do the best you can with what you have?
B – ask for help from your peers?
C – seek help from quality assurance outsourcing?
If you do the best you can with what you have – you and your tester – you’ll make progress but probably can’t make any promises about the actual quality of the release. Everyone will just have to hope for the best and take what they get. Yeah, your phone is probably going to ring …
If you ask for help from your peers – the programmers and folks in marketing – you’ll probably get help. But, will that *help* really help? Yeah, you’ll get some tests run, but it probably won’t be a coordinated and planned strategy for software quality. It will be a bunch of testing and while it’s better than just doing the best you can, you’ll still be left with hope and getting whatever you get. And yeah, your phone’s probably going to ring if you use this approach, too.
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More to Come
Over the course of the next month or so I’ll append this post with descriptions of more problems and opportunities to effectively use outsourced quality assurance.