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 option.
- It saves you money.
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.
- Strict deadline? Don’t risk it.
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, being 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 god-send, and allows you to focus your time on everything else. Make sure you reach out for help as soon as possible though – 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.
- Unlimited resources at your fingertips.
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 be working remotely. Problem solved.
- Objectivity = accuracy.
This one is so important. 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.
- Leave it to the experts!
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 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.
For an in-depth, overall look at both outsourcing and insourcing, check out this article by Time Doctor: https://biz30.timedoctor.com/pros-cons-outsourcing-insourcing/