Software QA testing is a specialized field. QA testers are often hired to provide full-time testing services, working alongside development to test new features as well as executing regression testing cycles. Many software development companies are able to maintain a sizable full-time staff.
After all, it doesn’t make business sense to have a skilled paid resource available to work, but not actually working 40% of the time.
You can hire part-time staff or on call staff, but finding people experienced in your application and able to work on demand, is difficult. If you need varying levels of QA testing consider forming a team using a testing service. You can build a team of QA testers experienced in your application and schedule their services as needed, so you pay only for the work you need.
QA Personnel Management
A testing service provider can build and manage your QA team. They can handle hiring, training, and moving resources to development teams, as needed and when necessary. You can opt to hire a larger team temporarily, so a variety of testers learn your application, and then pick and choose the testers you want for future testing cycles.
Recruiting and retaining experienced, qualified QA testers is not an easy task. QA positions for both manual and automated testers are competitive across the globe. Software testing conventions take place nearly quarterly in Europe, the United States, India as well as other countries. The QA industry is global; job opportunities can be found in-house, as well as remote. The ability to hire QA as needed, means you’re likely not to find a consistent resource that’s qualified or experienced for part-time work.
Using a testing service provider removes you from personnel management so you can focus on application development. Testing personnel work for the testing service and can be hired as needed and only when needed. Testing schedules are set around what type of testing you need, when and for how long. Consider keeping a year long plan ahead of time for when QA testing is needed, and schedule an experienced QA team in advance, without the personnel management hassles.
QA Experience and testing types
If you hire QA testers internally, it can be challenging to find experienced resources in all the testing types you need. For example, perhaps you hire a small team of QA testers who are highly skilled in feature and functional testing, be it manual or automated. They focus on testing new features as they are developed and then create automated manual tests for future regression test executions.
Thoroughly testing an application on multiple platforms and devices is time-consuming regardless of the testing methodology used. If you’re skipping security or other testing processes, then you are leaving your business open to serious threats.
Consider hiring a testing service provider when you need to expand testing coverage. They’ll handle gathering a team of experts and scheduling them to expand your testing coverage by performing specialized testing like security and performance testing. Granted, you’ll likely need to assign an internal SME to act as a contact point for questions and issues as well as application training. However, you’ll greatly expand your testing coverage for testing types you currently don’t execute. Improving application quality involves testing beyond the end user functionality. You need to ensure data security and application performance meets user and regulatory needs.
Use a testing service QA team, when you need specialized testing to expand test coverage and improve application quality without hiring and retaining full-time QA staff. Hire and schedule experienced QA testers, as and when needed by using a testing service provider. Get your testing covered without the full-time commitment.